Everyone’s heart beats at its own pace, study finds

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Everyone’s heart beats at its own pace, study finds

Group of researchers says what’s important is that your rate doesn’t change. Others beg to differ

Senior features writer

A low resting heart rate means you are fit, right? That’s why resting heart rates are widely used in wellness programmes to assess fitness, but a big new study shows that heart rates vary significantly between individuals.

Normal resting heart rates vary by as much as 70 beats per minute between individuals, the results demonstrate, using data collected from more than 92,000 people wearing fitness devices.

What’s medically useful is that individual average resting heart rates show “long-term consistency”, the researchers found when analysing the data...

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