Your Life Span May Be Foretold in YourHeart Beats.
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.