High resting pulse rate can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'very serious'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose high resting pulse rate, we could:
|Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)||25%||Unlikely|
|Heart Disease||1%||Ruled out|
|Food Allergies||0%||Ruled out|
|Stroke Risk||0%||Ruled out|
What is your resting pulse rate? While at rest, hold two fingers under your wrist below the base of your thumb until you can feel your pulse. Count the number of beats in 15 seconds and multiply this number by 4.
Possible responses:→ Don't know
→ Under 60 beats per minute
→ 60 to 70
→ 71 to 80
→ Over 80 beats per minute
Heart rate is a stronger predictor of cardiovascular death in the elderly, particularly in men, than traditional risk factors such as diabetes and hypertension. Elderly men with a resting pulse rate above 80 beats per minute have a significantly higher rate of cardiovascular mortality. A low heart rate, below 64 beats per minute, is protective against cardiovascular mortality.
Resting heart rate is a good indicator of cardiovascular health.