Is the Resting Heart Rate a Sign of Heart Disease?

Q: Is the resting heart rate in women a determining factor in heart disease.  Aside from exercise and good diet, what other methods help to lower the resting heart rate?

A: A high resting heart rate is a risk factor for heart disease in both sexes. Average resting heart rate is 70 beats per minute in men and 75 beats per minute in women. Ways to lower your heart rate include regular exercise, maintaining a normal weight, and controlling stress and anxiety. Keep in mind that all exercise isn’t the same. To help protect your heart, it is important to reach your target heart rate during exercise.

Here are a couple of links to websites that discuss target heart rates:

Brigham and Womens




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