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Do you know what your heart rate means?

Posted on February 27 2014

Higher heart rates can lead to higher death risks

While most of us tend to go about our day-to-day business without ever thinking about our heart rates, although monitoring our heart rates, how fast our heart beats, can be a simple, yet effective, method for predicting the status of our health.   Elevated heart rates, also referred to as our pulse rates, can indicate that health complications, including cardiovascular events, may be arising. Research studies also indicate that higher heart rates can also lead to a higher death risk.   One landmark study presented to the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society revealed that individuals who had a higher resting heart rate had a higher risk for shortened life expectancy, revealing that heart disease patients with higher heart rates (which were classified as heart beat of 78 beats per minute or greater) had: *A 39% greater risk for major cardiovascular events *A 77% greater risk for cardiovascular disease death *A 65% greater risk for all-causes of death *and were more than twice as likely to be hospitalized for heart failure   Scientist from the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell, also agree that higher resting heart rates pose a higher risk of death.   The results of these studies should not be overlooked. As these studies have revealed, regularly monitoring ones heart rate and keeping watch for sudden and unexplained changes can be a quick, simple, cheap, and potentially life-saving method of screening for upcoming health complications. Often times, when detected early enough, serious complications may be prevented with a timely and accurate diagnosis and treatment.   Sources: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/205954.php?sr http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/198053.php?sr

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