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Heart beat increases heart risk

An international study of patients with cardiovascular disease has shown the major role that heart beat rate plays in the risk of heart attack.

Heart beat rate or pulse is the number of heartbeats per minute. A pulse rate is considered to be on average 70 beats per minute.

The heart beat study

The study published in The Lancet studied 11,000 people, across 33 countries, who were already being treated for heart problems.

Those patients whose heart rate was above 70 beats per minute had significantly higher incidence of heart attacks, hospital admissions and the need for surgery.

Researchers comments

University of Sydney professor of cardiology Ben Freedman, said “If you have a high heart rate there was an increase in heart attack, there was about a 46 per cent increase in hospitalisations for non-fatal or fatal heart attack.

He added, “But it was not just heart attack, all of the events were increased and that includes coming into hospital with worsening heart failure, cardiac death and bypass surgery or stenting.”


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