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What Your Resting Heart Rate Says About You

It could hint at how long you’ll live

Photo: KATERYNA KON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty Images

CCould human lives be extended by slowing down our hearts? Triggered by the observation that mammals with a higher heart rate live shorter than those with a slower one, this is the question that Dr. Herbert J. Levine, an eminent cardiologist and professor emeritus at Tufts University School of Medicine, asked in his 1997 article

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Mariana Lenharo

Mariana Lenharo

Science and health journalist with a special interest in evidence-based medicine and epidemics. Columbia Journalism School alumna. mari.lenharo@gmail.com.