Heart disease is easily responsible for many people's demise over the years. Thankfully, though, it isn’t the kind of condition that sneaks up on you. By watching your blood pressure and cholesterol level, you can more or less determine just how big or small your chances of getting heart disease are. With the newest study by researchers in Norway, you can now deduce your chances of dying from heart disease further by measuring how fast or slow your pulse rates are.

According to data gathered from some 30,000 men and women, those whose resting heart pulse rates increased over time had a higher risk of dying from heart disease. Researchers measured their pulse rate twice around a 10-year gap and found out that those who started out with a pulse rate of 70 beats per minute and moved up to 85 beats per minute by the second reading were twice as likely to die from heart disease. Meanwhile, those who started out at 70 beats per minute and eventually got it down to less than 70 beats by the second reading were 40 percent less likely to die from heart disease.

Keep in mind that all the subjects, at the beginning, had no existing heart condition nor did they have any problems with their health. And while seemingly ominous, this study is actually good news for you. Checking your pulse is quite easy. Before you get out of bed, locate your pulse. Using your index and middle finger, count the number of beats per minute. It’s a hassle-free way of checking up on yourself. Who knows? This might just end up saving your life.


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