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    Over the past two months I have been doing a lot of reading about "Heart Rate Variability", the variation in beat-to-beat intervals of the heart.

    Prior to that, I knew that most athletes had a lower resting heart rate than sedentary folks; however I had assumed that a resting heart rate was strong and steady - That is absolutely NOT the case.

    A healthy heart has a great deal of variability (oscillating up and down with inhalation and exhalation) and exercise tends to improve (increase) HRV unless you are in an overtrained state.

    Just thought I would pass this along since it was new information to me.

    ...Tim

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    intersting, thanks!

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    I read on Art DeVany's site a long time ago that the heart beats steadily like a metronome on two occasions: during long-distance running and right before cardiac arrest. Hrmmm..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
    I read on Art DeVany's site a long time ago that the heart beats steadily like a metronome on two occasions: during long-distance running and right before cardiac arrest. Hrmmm..
    Given the strong correlation between low HRV and heart disease, I would love to know why doctors do not look at HRV instead of cholesterol...

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    Well that explains a lot... I was wondering if the slow but not regular heartrate was a good or bad sign, and now I know.
    Thanks!

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