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Death knock: named life-threatening pulse

Updated: Dec 3, 2021

Swedish scientists have found that a high heart rate in middle age is associated with a doubling of the risk of premature death. They do not reveal the exact reasons for this, but they mention that monitoring the change in heart rate with age will help assess the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

Resting heart rate (RHR), a known cardiovascular risk factor, changes with age. However, little is known about the association between changes in RHR and the risk of cardiovascular events.

The purpose of this study was therefore to assess the impact of RHR at baseline, and the change in RHR over time, on the risk of all-cause death and cardiovascular events.

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