Resting heart rate may determine risk of heat attack.

POSTED: Saturday, January 16, 2010 - 9:48am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:35pm

Doctors have a new way to determine if a woman has an increased risk for heart attacks.

Researchers in Norway found a woman's chance of dying from a heart attack increases dramatically when her resting heart rate is high. Both men and women with resting heart rates of 101 beats per minute were more likely to die from heart disease than those in the normal range. Women under the age of 70 years were more than twice as likely to die of a heart attack. The good news is that regular exercise can help minimize the effects of a high resting heart rate.

The healthy resting heart rate range is considered to be 61 to 72 beats per minute.

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