Resting Heart Rate Chart For Women Age Athletes Excellent Good Above Ave. Ave. Below Ave. Poor ... 65+ 54-59 60-64 65-68 69-72 73-76 77-84 84+ Higher systolic and diastolic pairs imply higher risk than lower pairs with the same pulse pressure: 160/120 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) indicates a higher risk than 110/70 mm Hg even though the pulse pressure in each pair is 40. The most important cause of elevated pulse pressure is stiffness of the aorta, the largest artery in the body.

According to the Daily Mail today, “the speed of a woman’s heartbeat could predict how likely she is to suffer a heart attack”. The newspaper reports that an eight-year study of 130,000 postmenopausal women found that those with the highest resting pulses (more than 76 beats per minute) were ...