Why resting heart rate is important

Next time you’re sitting around watching TV, measure what your resting heart rate is.

Next time you’re sitting around watching TV, measure what your resting heart rate is. The Mayo Clinic says the average is between 60 and 100 beats per minute. Now scientists are beginning to rethink what’s normal. A new study shows even if you’re on the higher end of normal, you may be losing years of your life. It found that people with a resting pulse of 80 beats per minute die four to five years earlier than those with a pulse rate of 65 beats per minute or lower. The new study followed 2,800 physically fit men for 16 years beginning when they were middle-aged. The goal was to find out if people who were in shape and exercised but had higher resting pulse rates were impacted in the same way as their overweight and more sedentary counterparts. The answer is yes! (And that goes for women too!) We know that doctors often tell overweight patients to lose weight, get more exercise and quit smoking to be “heart healthier.” Now the question is, if you already work out and are physically fit, what do you do about a higher than expected resting heart rate? Losing four or five years of your life is worth taking steps now. This is a topic you should discuss with your doctor whether you’re fit or not.

How to check your resting heart rate

Place your index and middle finger on your neck to the side of your windpipe. When you feel your pulse, count the number of beats in 15 seconds. Multiply this number by 4 to calculate your beats per minute. For more information: http://www.healthfinder.gov/News/Article/675461/higher-heart-rate-tied-to-earlier-death-even-in-fit-people


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