Unless you’re in love, a fast heart rate while at rest is not a good sign. The less the heart beats the more you live. The solution? Train our core muscle by exercising and eating healthily. And in case of love? Granted to all ages.
There are no doubts. Life expectancy is inversely proportional to the pace at which our heart beats. According to a study presented by Massimo Fioranelli, “an excessive heart rate at rest is a risk index for serious cardiovascular events and mortality in the same way as smoking, obesity or hypertension”.
And the heart does not need to beat madly. “The phenomenon is already evident when the number of beats fall within the range defined as” normal “or for values around 90 / min”. Full Professor in History of Medicine at the Guglielmo Marconi Telematic University, Rome, head of the Heart Center in the Mater Dei Nursing Home and Scientific Director of the Life Sciences Studies Center, Guglielmo Marconi Telematic University of Rome, Fioranelli explains that “less the heart beats the longer we live ”. In the now famous Framingham Heart Study (1947) in the 5070 subjects who entered the epidemiological investigation without cardiovascular problems, there was a clear correlation between mortality and accelerated heart rate at rest.
Biology teaches that species with reduced cardiac mass and lower heart rate are also the longest-lived. Given the due proportions, the whale lives much longer than a hummingbird and the Galapagos tortoise with its 20 beats per minute is certainly an example of longevity (over 200 years).
It almost seems that each of us has a certain number of heartbeats from life. The count is quickly done: just multiply 70 beats / minute by the minutes in an hour, then by the hours in a day, the days in a year and all for an average life of 80 years. We have about 3 billion beats available. They seem a lot but they go away quickly. It is up to us to use them sparingly, spreading them over the longest possible time.
How? For example, avoiding stress, leading a healthy life, eating right and doing a lot
physical exercise. In fact, it is known that athletes have a slower heart rate (up to 30 / min), a larger heart and greater resistance to fatigue.
“Clinical studies have shown that heart patients who are treated with drugs that slow the heart rate (beta blockers) have a better chance of survival than if treated with drugs that do not have this (digital) effect,” explains Fioranelli. “What seems decisive is the autonomic balance between two autonomic nervous systems, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. The first, stimulated by adrenaline, tends to accelerate the rhythm of the heart; the second, through the vagus nerve, to relax it. Exercise reduces the tone of the sympathetic and improves the parasympathetic helping us to spend the beats we have available in life well “.
Nutrition also has its weight (in all senses). In fact, carbohydrates and simple sugars increase the production of insulin which stimulates the sympathetic nervous system and therefore the heart rate, on the contrary, whole foods, fruits, vegetables, reduction of simple sugars and in general a natural diet are friends of our heart and help us to save the beats.
“Diabetes is also correlated with high resting heart rate,” explains Fioranelli. “And both are at the onset of tumors”. So let’s get our heart used to going slower. “Exercise at least 3-4 times a week for 30-40 minutes,” recommends Fioranelli. “Even a nice quick walk is enough”. We control stress and lead a healthy vote (no junk food, few sweets).
Let’s also remember to check our heartbeat: at rest the heart should beat 60-70 times per minute and under stress the calculation to do is to subtract the age from 200 in women and 220 in men. If we’re off the charts, and Brad Pitt (or Angelina Jolie) isn’t passing by, maybe it’s best to revise the lifestyle.