High resting heart rate may triple early death risk, research warns
People with a high resting pulse rate are three times more likely to die younger, according to new research. The research suggests that even healthy people with a higher resting pulse can be at increased danger.
While it may be true that a heart rate at rest between 60 and 100 beats per minute is considered ‘normal’, the study has shown that the risk of death changed even within this range.
A resting heart rate of between 51 and 80 beats per minute was linked with a 40 to 50 per cent increased risk of early death, compared with those who had rates below 50 beats, according to a study by Danish researchers.
Regular exercise tends to result in a low heart rate at rest, but the latest study aimed to discover whether it was linked to overall risk of dying regardless of people’s fitness levels.
Tracking the health of just under 3,000 middle-aged men after they were interviewed in 1971 by a doctor about their health and lifestyle, including smoking and exercise, and given a check-up, researchers assessed their cardiorespiratory fitness. This was monitored using a cycling test, followed by a further check-up in 1985-86.
Sixteen years later the researchers checked national registers to find out which of these men had survived, with results indicating around 40 per cent of them had died by 2001,
The results showed that the higher the resting heart rate, the higher the risk of death, irrespective of fitness level.
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