Your heart rate or pulse, is the number of times your heart beats per minute. Your resting heart rate (RHR) is your heart pumping the lowest amount of blood you need when you are calm and at rest and not exercising.
A normal RHR is 60 beats per minute – although people who are in good shape may have a RHR of 40. Less active people may have an RHR of between 60-100. That’s because the heart muscle must work harder to maintain blood circulation throughout their body. Knowing your heart rate is important because it may alert you to a serious heart condition you need to address.
Thirty-eight articles have been published in peer reviewed medical journals to date, regarding the association between elevated heart rate and morbidity (disease) or mortality (death) – in healthy individuals with or without hypertension and/or cardiovascular disease (CVD).
A study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings (Dec 2013), involved 53,322 patients recruited from the Cooper Clinic in Dallas TX between January 1974 and December 2002. The patients with the highest cardiorespiratory fitness (healthiest), was found in patients with a resting heart rate (RHR) of less than 60 beats per minute. Patients with a high RHR – equal or greater that 80 beats per minute – were at greater risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all cause mortality (death), compared to patients with a RHR of less than 60 beats per minute.
Both Jiaogulan gypenosides and Arjuna bark used in BP-RX, have been clinically proven to help safely lower heart rate in those individuals with an elevated resting heart rate – while increasing the heart’s ejection fraction (pumping strength).