Where your resting heart rate goes, your health goes.
It is a new study suggesting that an older Swedish man with a resting heart rate of 75 beats per minute has a risk of twice the risk of premature death, even within the normal range of 50-100 beats per minute.
The increased risk was for both the cause of death and the cause of death associated with heart disease.
In addition, every additional heart rate per minute increased the risk of premature death by 3% and the risk of heart disease by 2%.
According to Dr. Vincent Bufalino, an expert at the American Heart Association, doctors said doctors would like to keep an eye on the patient's heart rate. A gradual increase in heart rate may indicate a cardiac health problem.
Bufalino, senior vice president and chief medical officer of cardiology at Advocate Health Care in Naperville, Illinois, said, "I would not have thought that the change in resting heart rate would have affected that much.
At the same time, Bufalino said, "It's a bit of a stretch to consider a resting heart rate as an independent cardiac risk."
Rather, the rising heart rate will be a good time for other established cardiac risk factors such as family history of diabetes, hypertension, smoking and heart disease.
However, "the higher the heart rate, the more likely you are to point you in the direction you need to be more alert," Bufalino said.
For this study, a researcher led by Dr Salim Bary Barywani of the Sahlgrenska Academy at Gothenburg University was born in 1943 and traced some 800 males living in Sweden.
In 1993, the men completed a questionnaire on lifestyle and health and received a comprehensive health checkup including a resting heart rate measurement.
The resting heart rate was measured again in 2003 and 2014 for those still alive and willing to participate.
Approximately 15% of the first men's group in 21 years died before their 71st birthday, and about 30% had cardiovascular disease, researchers reported.
In 1993, a heart attack rate of 75 or more was associated with a doubling of the risk of death or heart disease compared to a heart attack rate of less than 55.
At the same time, a stable heart rate between the ages of 50 and 60 showed a 44% lower risk of heart disease between the ages of 60 and 70. According to a report released online on April 15 in the journal "Open Heart,
Researchers pointed out that this is an observational study and that no true causality can be established.
Prashant Vaishnava, a cardiologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, agreed with Bufalino that lowering heart rate could be an indicator of other cardiac risk factors.
"I think I need to concentrate more on concentrating rather than putting my heart rate," Vaisnaba said. "If a heart rate is seen in an age group with a heart rate of 75 beats per minute, it will not necessarily be considered a risk factor, but we will continue to review the remaining risk profile."
Doctors generally tend to look for extremes in determining heart rate, Bufalino said.
"We have a heartbeat going up when your heart starts to fail," Bufalino said.
It is not so good to be too slow. A heart rate of forty people may have broken heart pacemakers.
"The real slow and really fast extremes are well-established markers that we can observe and intervene," Bufalino said.
"We should eat the salt in the salt," said Vaisnaba, a spokesman for the study, considering that the study is related to men and other factors might have played a role in those who died early.
Bufalino said people with increased heart rate could improve their heart rate through aerobic exercise. They should also talk to your doctor about managing other heart health risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol.