A study published in the British Medical Journal suggests that a woman’s resting pulse rate can predict how likely she is to suffer a heart attack.
US researchers looked at the records of around 129.000 postmenopausal women who had no history of hert problems.
They found that those with the highest heart rates were significantly more likely to suffer a heart attack than the women with the lowest rates. However, the association was weaker than that with cigarettes and diabetes.
Previous studies have shown that resting heart rate predicts coronary events in men.
Women with the fastest resting heart rates of more than 76 beats per minute were 1.6 times as likely to suffer a coronary event compared with those with the lowest resting heart rates below 62 beats per minute.