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Getting to the Heart of Valentine's Day

Albert B. Lowenfels, MD

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February 11, 2019

The Heart Rate-Longevity Link

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There is abundant evidence in humans that resting heart rate is negatively associated with longevity.[4] This is the case in all warm-blooded mammals, including humans. For example, a mouse with a heart rate in the hundreds of beats per minute lives only a few years, whereas an elephant with a heart rate of only 20-30 beats/min can live for 30-40 years. Resting heart rate most likely is related to both inherited and lifestyle factors, suggesting that efforts to lower resting pulse rate could be beneficial.

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