Heart-rate recovery immediately after exercise as a predictor of mortality.

@article{Cole1999HeartrateRI,
  title={Heart-rate recovery immediately after exercise as a predictor of mortality.},
  author={Christopher R. Cole and Eugene Blackstone and Fredric J. Pashkow and Claire E. Pothier Snader and Michael S. Lauer},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  year={1999},
  volume={341 18},
  pages={1351-7}
}
BACKGROUND The increase in heart rate that accompanies exercise is due in part to a reduction in vagal tone. Recovery of the heart rate immediately after exercise is a function of vagal reactivation. Because a generalized decrease in vagal activity is known to be a risk factor for death, we hypothesized that a delayed fall in the heart rate after exercise might be an important prognostic marker. METHODS For six years we followed 2428 consecutive adults (mean [+/-SD] age, 57+/-12 years; 63… CONTINUE READING
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