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How To Lower Resting Heart Rate

Heart rate refers to the number of beats an individual's heart undergoes per minute. This rate can change depending on an individual's emotions, physical activity level, and environment. The resting heart rate is the baseline for an individual's heart when they are not actively doing anything. The normal resting heart rate range is anywhere from sixty to one hundred beats per minute. A high resting heart rate can indicate an issue somewhere else in the body.

A severely high resting heart rate will require treatment. Some patients need heart medication, such as antiarrhythmic drugs for tachycardia, for their heart issues. Blood thinner treatment may be helpful too. Heart surgery may be needed in some instances. Thankfully, there are also lifestyle remedies, such as a weight loss regimen, for lowering a high resting heart rate. A heart-healthy diet and exercise for the heart may also help. Learn about the best ways for individuals to lower their resting heart rate now.

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Exercise Regularly

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One of the most common and effective ways for individuals to lower their resting heart rate is to exercise regularly. When an individual's resting heart rate is high, it means that their heart is pumping harder than necessary. It is out of shape, which means that it is not functioning as well as it should. A sedentary lifestyle causes an individual's heart to be less efficient. Thus, it cannot pump blood to the rest of their body as easily. Exercising regularly also helps reduce the risk of health complications like diabetes and blood pressure. 

Individuals should do vigorous cardiovascular exercises for at least seventy-five minutes a week or do a moderate workout for at least 150 minutes per week. That means doing approximately a half-hour of moderate exercise five times per week or fifteen minutes of heavy cardiovascular exercise five times each week. Individuals who exercise more will see more dramatic improvements in their resting heart rate. Exercise increases the strength of an individual's heart, and since their heart is getting stronger, it can pump blood more efficiently through their body.

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