Higher Resting Heart Rate Raises Risk Of Early Death: Study

In a new study Chinese researchers have found higher resting heart rate may raise the risk of death from all causes. The test can also be used to predict if a person is to die within the period of next twenty years.

One of the co-authors of the study, Dr. Donfeng Zhang, said elevated resting heart rate leads to poor health status and after their finding it is suggested to pay more attention to it and also consider potential importance of physical activity that helps in lowering down the resting heart rate.

Dr. Zhang is from Medical College of Qingdao University in China.

The researchers said those who have a resting heart rate of 80 beats per minute are at 45 percent greater risk of death in next twenty years compared to those having the rate of 45 beats per minute.

The resting heart rate usually varies between 60 and 100 bpm, but for professional athletes it is around 40 bpm.

Details of the study are published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. It writes the current finding does not establish completely the resting heart rate as a risk factor, but it is doubtless the elevated rate serves as a maker of poor health status.

Dr. Zhang and his team reviewed forty-six related studies that involved more than 1,200,000 people and at least 78,000 deaths too from any of the causes of mortality. The research also involved 848,320 patients and 25,800 deaths from cardiovascular issue.