Why resting heart rates matter in men over 50

A measure of more than 75 beats per minute is linked with a twofold higher risk of dying early

Men in their 50s with a resting heart rate above 75 may face more than twice the risk of an early death than their peers with lower rates, research suggests.

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And those whose resting heart rate increased through their 50s faced a greater chance of cardiovascular disease in their 60s compared with those whose rate remained steady.

Every extra beat increase in resting heart rate from the first measurement was associated with a 3% higher risk of death from any cause, a 1% higher risk of cardiovascular disease and a 2% higher risk of coronary heart disease.

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