With a resting heart rate of 75 beats per minute in your fifties, your risk of an early death can DOUBLE & # 39;
- Men with a heartbeat of 75+ at the age of 50 are twice as likely to die within 20 years
- Each additional resting heart rate is linked to a 3% greater risk of premature death
- & # 39; Stable & # 39; heart rate lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease by 44% in the next 11 years
With a resting heart rate of 75 beats per minute (bpm) in middle age, the risk of an early death could double, research suggests.
Men with a resting heart rate of 75 or higher in the fifty years were twice as likely to die within the next two decades compared to those with a speed of 55bpm or less.
And each additional resting heart rate per minute was linked to a three percent greater risk of death from any cause.
With a resting heart rate of 75 beats per minute (bpm) in middle age you could double the risk of premature death, suggests research from the University of Gothenburg (stock)
The research was conducted by the University of Gothenburg and led by Dr. Salim Bary Barywani, from the department of molecular and clinical medicine.
Resting heart rate is the number of times the organ beats per minute while you are not training.
A normal reading varies from 50 to 100 bpm, the authors wrote in the British Medical Journal's Open Heart publication.
A lower heart rate generally indicates better cardiovascular health and overall fitness.
To discover how changes in our heart rate can affect the risk of premature death, the researchers analyzed 798 men. They were all born in 1943.
The men completed a questionnaire in 1993 about their lifestyle, stress and every family history of heart disease.
They also received a medical check, including measuring their resting heart rate.
The men were divided into four groups: those with a resting heart rate of 55 bpm or less; 56 to 65bpm; 66 to 75bpm; and more than 75 bpm.
The resting heart rate was again measured in 2003 and 2014 among the 654 and 536 participants, who were still alive and willing to participate.
WHAT IS CORONIC ARTERY DISEASE?
Coronary artery disease occurs when the major blood vessels that supply the heart with oxygen and nutrients are damaged.
CAD affects more than 1.6 million men and one million women in the UK, and a total of 15 million adults in the US.
It is usually due to plaque and inflammation.
When plaque builds up, it narrows the arteries, reducing blood flow to the heart.
This can cause angina over time, while a complete blockage can result in a heart attack.
Many people have no symptoms in the beginning, but as the plaque builds up, they may notice chest pain or shortness of breath when exercising or under stress.
Other causes of CAD are smoking, diabetes and an inactive lifestyle.
It can be prevented by stopping smoking, controlling conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, staying active, eating well and managing stress.
Drugs can help lower cholesterol levels, while aspirin thins the blood to reduce the risk of blood clots.
In severe cases, stents can be placed in the blood vessels to open them, while coronary artery bypass surgery creates a graft to bypass the blocked arteries using a blood vessel from another part of the body.
Source: Mayo Clinic
During the 21-year study period, 119 – slightly less than 15 percent – of the participants died before their 71st birthday.
And 237 – almost 28 percent – developed cardiovascular disease. This is a general term for conditions that affect the heart or blood vessels.
For example, & # 39; n 113 – just over 14 percent – developed coronary heart disease when the blood supply to the heart is blocked or interrupted by an accumulation of fatty substances in the coronary arteries.
The results showed that those with a resting heart rate of 75 or higher in 1993 were twice as likely to die within 21 years due to any cause compared to those with a heart rate of 55 bpm or less.
And having a & # 39; stable & # 39; resting heart rate between 1993 and 2003 – when the men were 50 to 60 – was associated with a 44 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease over the next 11 years compared to patients whose heart rate increased during this period.
Results also found that each additional heartbeat per minute was linked to a three percent greater risk of death from any cause.
This was also accompanied by a one percent higher risk of cardiovascular disease and a two percent increase in the risk of coronary heart disease.
The men whose heart rate was higher than 55 bpm in 1993 were more likely to smoke, inactive and stressed.
They were also more likely to have risk factors for heart disease, such as hypertension or obesity.
However, the researchers emphasize that their study was observational and could not determine the cause of these deaths or heart-related events. It also includes only men of a certain age and may not apply to the general population.
Nevertheless, they hope that their research will lead to monitoring of our resting heart rate for changes that may expose our future risk of cardiovascular disease.