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Resting Heart Rate Predicts Overall, Cardiovascular Mortality

According to the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants-Aug 22, 2012, high resting heart rates seem to be predictive of increased risk for overall and cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality and shorter survival times. “In the present study, heart rate at rest, a familiar and easily accessible clinical parameter, was found to be an independent risk predictor for total and CVD mortality,” the authors write. “Although these findings apply to patients at intermediate to high cardiovascular risk, they are nonetheless consistent with published data from a number of epidemiologic studies in general populations.”

So the best question to ask is: How do you lower your resting HR? Most people have a resting heart rate, or pulse, between 60 and 90 beats per minute, according to the National Emergency Medicine Association. Athletes and well-conditioned people often have a lower resting pulse rate than people who don’t exercise. The heart normally beats faster during exertion or at times when your body releases more adrenaline. A lower resting heartbeat put less strain on your heart. Strengthening your heart muscle helps lower your resting pulse.

Other ways to reduce your resting HR include:

  1. Stay hydrated. Drinking water isn’t just good for your skin and your digestive tract, it helps keep your blood flowing through your veins as well.
  2. Get some uninterrupted rest. An Australian study that involved rousing volunteers from their sleep many times a night (often with loud noises) found that being startled from sleep can increase your heart rate by 13 beats per minutes. Sleep is an important part of fitness and health. Weight loss, for example, is difficult without regularly getting about eight hours of rest each night.
  3. Get a massage. Massage, meditation, a warm bubble bath – anything that puts you into a relaxed state also reduces your resting heart rate.
  4. Exercise regularly, get involved in yoga and pilates but cardio is the key – aerobics, running, biking, swimming – anything that gets your blood pumping is good, and it also increases the efficiency of your heart, reducing the number of beats per minute required to keep your circulatory system functioning whether you’re active or resting. If you’re already exercising routinely, consider increasing the intensity of your cardio workouts: if you’re already walking, jog. If you’re a jogger, start running. The trick is to vary the pace.

Reducing your normal resting heart rate temporarily is easy. Keeping it low takes work and patience. Be sure to seek medical advice before starting any exercise regime if you’ve never exercised before, and pay attention to your body.

What’s your resting heart rate? The best time to test is first thing in the morning before even getting out of bed. Stay calm and count for a half a minute and multiply by two. Use the radial artery to avoid carotid massage which could cause a vagal nerve response and falsely lower your heart rate. google04ccd2a86fe24b9c.html

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