Where your resting heart rate goes, so goes your health. That's the suggestion of a new study that found older Swedish men with a resting heart rate of 75 beats per minute had a doubled risk of an early death, even though that rate is well within the normal range of 50 to 100 beats per minute. That increase in risk held for both death from any cause and death linked to heart disease. What's more, every additional heart beat per minute increased a person's overall risk of early death by 3% and their risk of heart disease by 2%. Based on these results, doctors might want to keep an eye on a person's resting heart rate, said American Heart Association expert Dr. Vincent Bufalino. A gradual rise in heart rate could mean trouble ahead for your heart health. "You wouldn't have thought you'd have that level of impact from a change in your resting heart rate," said Bufalino, senior vice president and senior medical director of cardiology-AMG at Advocate Health Care in Naperville, Ill. At the … [Read more...] about Study: Resting Heart Rate is Key to Your Longevity
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These days, you’re probably not the only person in your friend group, office or family sporting a smartwatch on your wrist. These tech-y watches have broken into the mainstream and serve as, among other things, a fitness tracker — with many tracking the wearer’s heart rate. This information provided by the smartwatch just got a little more crucial. A new study finds that people in their middle age — in their 50s, specifically — with a resting heart rate of 75 beats per minute have double the risk of dying young, no matter the cause. This rings especially true for men, the study discovered. Published Monday in the journal Open Heart, researchers found — a random group of 798 men born in 1943 in Gothenburg, Sweden were studied — that an increased heart rate in 50-something men was linked to a higher risk of developing heart disease over the next 11 years, a news release on the study explains. RELATED READ: Fitness trackers are … [Read more...] about The resting heart rate men in their 50s don’t want to see on their smartwatch
Health Middle-aged men with a resting heart rate of 75 beats per minute are twice as likely to die early and develop heart disease, scientists believe. In a study published in the journal Open Heart, scientists analyzed 798 men living in the Swedish city of Gothenburg who were born in 1943. On three occasions, in 1993, 2003, and 2014, the participants underwent examinations including blood tests and ECGs to measure the electrical activity of their heart. They also filled out questionnaires on factors including their family heart health history and stress levels. In 2003, 654 men were still alive or agreed to take part again, and by 2014 536 hadn’t died and wanted to continue with the research. The men were placed into four categories: those with 55 or fewer beats per minute, or bpm; between 56 to 65 bpm; 66 to 75 bpm; and over 75 bpm. Of the total men who took part, 119 died by 2014; 237 percent developed cardiovascular disease; and 113 coronary heart disease. … [Read more...] about Heart Rate of 75 Beats per Minute Linked to Doubled Risk of Early Death
You have your runners on, your FitBit is charged, but now what? When you exercise, your heart and breathing rates increase, delivering greater quantities of oxygen from the lungs to the blood, then to exercising muscles. Determining an optimal heart rate for exercise depends on your exercise goal, age, and current fitness level. Heart rate and exercise intensity share a direct, linear relationship: the more intense the exercise, the higher the heart rate. Not exercising worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease, study reveals When you exercise at the highest possible intensity, your heart will reach maximal heart rate (HRmax), the fastest rate it is capable of beating. Read More But exercising at a maximal heart rate (HRmax) for every exercise session will not produce efficient fitness results. These high intensities can rarely be sustained, negating the potential benefit of the exercise. Exercise makes your heart more efficient Typical resting … [Read more...] about How to find your max heart rate for exercise
One of the quickest, easiest ways to gauge your heart health is to check your resting heart rate (RHR). Considered as context for a slew of other markers—like blood pressure, stress, and sleep deprivation—heart rate typically lowers at rest compared to during any sort of activity, and it varies from person to person. Since one in every four deaths in the United States—about 610,000 people annually—occurs as a result of heart disease, it’s important to be in the know about yours. “Generally speaking, a person’s resting heart rate is normal if it’s between 60 and 100 beats per minute,” says Dr. Brian Mikolasko, a medical director at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. “There are a ton of different factors that play into what it is for each individual, from fitness level to age and environment.”The standard resting heart rate window actually varies the most in young children. Up to 1 month, heart rate … [Read more...] about Is My Low Resting Heart Rate Too Low?