Resting heart rate could predict heart attack risk

February 4, 2009 2:21:09 PM PST
A woman's resting heart rate could be a predictor of heart attack risks. If her resting rate is higher that could spell trouble.

The study in the British Medical Journal found that the 20 percent of women who had heart rates of 76 beats a minute or greater had a 26 percent greater risk of heart attack in a follow up of over seven years.

Researchers say the risk isn't as much as having a higher LDL cholesterol but that heart rate should be part of a doctors overall assessment of coronary risk in women as well as men.