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Arq Bras Cardiol. 2013 Nov;101(5):388-98. doi: 10.5935/abc.20130188. Epub 2013 Sep 13.

Does the aging process significantly modify the Mean Heart Rate?

[Article in English, Portuguese]

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The Mean Heart Rate (MHR) tends to decrease with age. When adjusted for gender and diseases, the magnitude of this effect is unclear.

OBJECTIVES:

To analyze the MHR in a stratified sample of active and functionally independent individuals.

METHODS:

A total of 1,172 patients aged > 40 years underwent Holter monitoring and were stratified by age group: 1 = 40-49, 2 = 50-59, 3 = 60-69, 4 = 70-79, 5 = > 80 years. The MHR was evaluated according to age and gender, adjusted for Hypertension (SAH), dyslipidemia and non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). Several models of ANOVA, correlation and linear regression were employed. A two-tailed p value <0.05 was considered significant (95% CI).

RESULTS:

The MHR tended to decrease with the age range: 1 = 77.20 ± 7.10; 2 = 76.66 ± 7.07; 3 = 74.02 ± 7.46; 4 = 72.93 ± 7.35; 5 = 73.41 ± 7.98 (p < 0.001). Women showed a correlation with higher MHR (p <0.001). In the ANOVA and regression models, age and gender were predictors (p < 0.001). However, R² and ETA² < 0.10, as well as discrete standardized beta coefficients indicated reduced effect. Dyslipidemia, hypertension and DM did not influence the findings.

CONCLUSION:

The MHR decreased with age. Women had higher values of MHR, regardless of the age group. Correlations between MHR and age or gender, albeit significant, showed the effect magnitude had little statistical relevance. The prevalence of SAH, dyslipidemia and diabetes mellitus did not influence the results.

PMID:
24029962
PMCID:
PMC4081162
DOI:
10.5935/abc.20130188
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