Friday, July 02, 2010

What's Your Heart Rate?

The American Diabetes Association's 70th Scientific Sessions, an annual meeting that reviews the latest findings in diabetes, just wrapped up in Florida.

I've been busy digesting the presentations. It's an insidious and unfortunately common disease, but we're learning much. Diet and exercise remain key to prevention and management.

Here's a tidbit. Heart rate was found to be an independent risk factor for heart attack (in people with diabetes who had heart disease).1
"A baseline heart rate ≥70 bpm was predictive of major cardiovascular events compared with a resting heart rate 70 bpm."
How to check your pulse, from WebMD (click pic to enlarge):

1 Heart Rate As A Predictor Of Cardiovascular Risk In Stable CHD Patients With Diabetes: A TNT Substudy, ADA 70th Scientific Sessions, June 2010

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