Heart Rate Recovery Can Be Improved with Exercise

Normal heart rate recovery is associated with a lower mortality rate because it is a sign of a strong and efficiently working heart muscle.

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How quickly your heart rate returns to normal after strenuous exercise can be a key indicator of heart health, and a recent study found that regular exercise can improve your heart rate recovery (HRR) within just a few months. The results are important because research shows individuals with a healthy HRR live longer than those with an abnormal HRR, in which the heart takes longer to slow down to a normal rate. The study, published in the Sept. 26 issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, was led by Leslie Cho, MD, co-section head of Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation and director of the Womens Cardiovascular Center at Cleveland Clinic.
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