Studies show that your resting heart rate (RHR) is a BETTER predictor of cardiovascular disease than all the other fancy tests your doctor runs, says peakhealthadvocate.com.
And it’s easy to do measure at home…
Test your RHR to protect yourself from heart attacks
Sit down and relax for ten minutes or so. Then put your fingers on your wrist where you can feel your heart pulse, or against the carotid artery in your neck. Keep your watch nearby (make sure it has a second hand) and count the number of beats your heart registers in a 60-second span.
This number is your RHR.
And voila, all that’s left for you to do is interpret your results.
What your RHR results tell you…
Studies show that the optimum RHR is 65 beats per minute and lower, reports FSP Health.
If you find yourself on the high side of things – with a RHR greater than 70 beats per minute – you have an 85% increased risk of dying of a heart attack!
If you have an RHR in excess of 70 beats per minute, don’t freak out! It’s never too late to fix it.
There are several powerful – and even pleasant – ways to make a big reduction in your RHR: Indulge in regular exercise, eat a Mediterranean diet consisting of olive oil; tomatoes; and red wine and stop smoking.
Living a healthy lifestyle will not only improve your RHR, it’ll also help protect your heart from a heart attack.
What are you waiting for? Take the test now so you know where on the scale your heart health stands.