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Resting Pulse and Cardiac Risk

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An elevated resting heart rate is associated with increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, but maintaining a high level of physical activity may offset the danger, at least in women, researchers found.

Among women younger than 70, each 10-beat-per-minute increase in heart rate was linked to an 18% greater risk of dying from ischemic heart disease (HR 1.18, 95% CI 1.08 to 1.29), according to Javaid Nauman, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, and colleagues.

The findings, reported online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, were similar for men of all ages, but not for older women.

Maintaining a high level of physical activity eliminated the link between an elevated heart rate and risk of cardiovascular death for women, but not for men.


Medpage Today; January 12, 2010

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Written by heartcurrents

March 4, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Posted in heart conditions

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