Pharmacist Doug: New Science Behind Resting Heart Rate


Pharmacist Doug is sharing the newest science he has found.

It seems logical to say that lowering your resting heart rate is associated with a longer lifespan. But, recently, scientists learned that resting heart rate is not merely a marker of a risk factor, but the risk factor all by itself.

Resting heart rate is how many times your heart beats in a minute when you are at rest. Not exercising, not stressed.

For a long time, the accepted limits have been 60-100 beats per minute. This range is very broad, given that a man with a resting HR of 90 may have five times higher risk of sudden cardiac death. Back in 1992 prominent cardiology researcher, David H. Spodick challenged the 60 to 100 guideline, suggesting a re-calibrated range of 50 to 90 BPM. Bottom line, you don’t want your heart to beat more than about one beat per second.

An elevated heart rate is a modifiable risk factor. Of course, it is well established that aerobic exercise will decrease resting heart rate. You have to continue with the exercise, otherwise, your heart rate will creep back up. Also, and this is where the NEW science comes in, you can eat beans. A cup a day of beans, chickpeas, or lentils for three months may slow resting heart rate (3.4 beat drop) as much as exercising for 250 hours on a treadmill.

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