Friday, May 17, 2024

The Resting Heart Rate Rumour

Rumour: Resting heart rate is predictive of cardiovascular disease (CVD) related mortalities only.

Truth: This is false.

Resting heart rate can be used to predict both CVD-related mortalities, as well as all-cause mortalities, where the primary cause of death is not related to cardiovascular disease. It has been suggested that an elevated resting heart rate is a result of an autonomic tone imbalance which can trouble different systems of the body, including ones responsible for inflammation, metabolism, and neurologic processes. 

Reference

  1. Zhang D, Shen X, Qi X. Resting heart rate and all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in the general population: a meta-analysis. CMAJ. 2016;188(3):E53-E63. doi:10.1503/cmaj.150535
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