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resting heart rate

“Resting Heart Rate”

A large number of patients who come to CVIC find advanced arteriosclerosis without realizing it.

Here are some questions that many patients ask. .

"So what should we do now?"

Indeed, it is normal for many patients to be surprised by arteriosclerosis in their own heart and blood vessels, which they see for the first time. At that time, we talked about the importance of improving arteriosclerosis risk factors such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, and smoking. Recommended. It is also important to monitor lifestyle changes.

First of all, I recommend "monitoring weight and blood pressure" as a very easy thing to do. We believe that we can obtain a great deal of information for health management from weight and blood pressure values.


Information obtained from a sphygmomanometer includes resting pulse in addition to blood pressure. Unless there is an arrhythmia, the pulse and heart rate are usually the same. Resting heart rate is recognized as a very important index in the cardiovascular field, and there are many studies.

One of them was published in 2011 in Norway, in which the resting heart rate of about 30,000 healthy people was followed up for 12 years. Depending on how the initial resting heart rate changes after 12 years, divided into three groups: 70 or less/70-85/85 or more

, to see how much the likelihood of dying from myocardial infarction or angina increases.

The probability of dying from myocardial infarction or angina pectoris is 1 for a person with a resting heart rate of 70 or less and still below 70 after 12 years. Those who have increased to 85 or more after 12 years have a 1.9-fold increase in risk.

People with a resting heart rate of 70-85 had a 1.8-fold increase in risk if they increased to 85 or more after 12 years. On the other hand, if a person who was 70-85 at the first time falls below 70 after 12 years, the second time is also less dangerous than the person with 70-85. There is no such effect in people with a score of 85 or higher on the first dose.


In conclusion, based on data from a very large population of 30,000 people, an increase in resting heart rate over 12 years is associated with an increased risk of dying from myocardial infarction and angina. A possible reason for this is that a decrease in resting heart rate may be associated with a healthy lifestyle (exercise, smoking cessation, etc.). Regular aerobic exercise reduces your resting heart rate. Many marathon runners have a resting heart rate of 40. This may be one reason why aerobic exercise is so effective against heart disease.



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​Medical Corporation CVIC Chairman Masahiro Terashima

[Cardiac Imaging Clinic Iidabashi -CVIC-] Specialist team for cardiac MRI examinations, heart check-ups, and image diagnosis | Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
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