Thursday, February 5, 2009

Heart Rate Is Predictor of Heart Disease in Women

Do you want a free way to predict heart attack in women? Check the resting heart rate.

The British Medical Journal (love those Brits!) has published data that shows the resting heart rate (also known as "pulse") is a good way to predict heart attack in women over age 50. Women with heart rates higher than 76 beats per minute at rest were more likely to have heart attack than women with pulse rates below 62. Race was not a variable, nor was diabetes so the heart rate was an independent risk factor. The heart rate was not a factor in stroke.

Resting heart rate is an indicator of autonomic nervous system tone. High sympathetic nervous system tone may be a marker of subclinical cardiovascular disease and it might affect other known risk factors like blood pressure, glucose metabolism or plasma lipids (cholesterol).

To check it out on yourself, sit quietly for 5-10 minutes or check it before you get up in the morning. Take your pulse for 30 seconds and then multiply that number by 2. That is your resting heart rate.

Other known risk factors for heart attack are young family history, high blood lipids, diabetes, hypertension, obesity (high body mass index), smoking and sedentary lifestyle.


KM said...

This is good info. I needed to know more about pulse ranges. I often have people ask me about it.

I know some people use the heart rate monitor rare when exerising. Is that to try to monitor it to get it in the healthy range?

Brate said...

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the nation's single leading cause of death for both men and women. At least 58.8 million people in this country suffer from some form of heart disease.
And on the whole, cardiovascular diseases (the combination of heart disease and stroke) kill some 950,000 Americans every year.
Still, there are many misconceptions about heart disease: "The biggest misconception is that heart disease only happens to the elderly," said Elizabeth Schilling, CRNP with the Center for Preventive Cardiology Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
In fact, according to the American Heart Association, almost 150,00 Americans killed by cardiovascular disease each year are under the age of 65. And one out of every 20 people below the age of 40 has heart disease.
So, it is now a wise decision to keep a constant monitoring of your health. Why to take a chance if we have the option. I was in the similar misconception that heart disease are far away waiting for me to get aged. But to my surprise, I was found to be having a calcium deposit in my coronary arteries. I need to have my advance diagnostic scans due reassure whether something really deadly is waiting for me. Though it was some dreadful going on in my life, but I never felt any kind of discomfort in advanced diagnostic facility. They were having some of the latest diagnostic equipments and non invasive techniques which made me feel safe.

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