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doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000351495.86144.17
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NewsCAP: An elevated resting heart rate predicts myocardial infarction or coronary death, but not stroke, in women 50 years of age and older

Section Editor(s): Kennedy, Maureen Shawn MA, RN; Jacobson, Joy

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E-mail: shawn.kennedy@wolterskluwer.com

joy.jacobson@wolterskluwer.com

An elevated resting heart rate predicts myocardial infarction or coronary death, but not stroke, in women 50 years of age and older, reported a cohort study in the February 3 BMJ. The study examined the relationship between resting heart rate and cardiovascular events in 129,135 postmenopausal women who were participants in the Women's Health Initiative; women with a history of cardiovascular disease or who were taking drugs that might affect heart rate were excluded. Researchers found that women with a resting heart rate of more than 76 beats per minute had a 68% higher risk of a coronary event but were not at increased risk for stroke.

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