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A pulse on women.

Researchers have discovered that a woman's resting heart rate is a strong predictor of her future risk of heart attack.

A study that followed 129,135 women for eight years found those whose resting pulse was more than 76 beats per minute were 26 percent more likely to experience a heart attack or die from coronary heart disease than women whose resting heart rate was 62 beats per minute or less.

The participants in the Women's Health Initiative trial were post-menopausal American women. The results were published in the British Medical Journal. The results applied equally regardless of the women's ethnicity. Researchers found that women with higher resting rates were more likely to have a higher body mass index, eat more saturated fat, smoke and have higher blood pressure. Generally, women who exercised more had a lower resting heart rate.

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Title Annotation:nellie grams; heart attack risk can be predicted by pulse rate
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 22, 2009
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