Ridiculous Study of the Week: Low Heart Rate


A recent study in JAMA Psychiatry suggests low resting heart rate—that is, less than or equal to 60 beats per minute—is associated with antisocial behavior and may be a strong predictor of which young men are more likely to commit violent crimes later in life. And the media is all over this.  Anybody with any common sense out there buy this?  Well, if you do, then it’s time we start rounding up those marathon runners and cross fitters  They are bound to do some bad things.  Be on the look out.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  5 comments for “Ridiculous Study of the Week: Low Heart Rate

  1. Kurt
    September 16, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Or………….. The recent BS study in an FP journal that concluded if you take a statin for your high cholesterol, you have a 1 in 255 chance of developing diabetes therefore statins cause diabetes!!

    Or……. Perhaps (barring a severe genetic based hyperlipidemia) it means if you have a tendency to eat s**t you also eat a lot of sweet s**t therefore you have a risk of obesity and diabetes!!!
    That’s statistics for you. Kurt

  2. Sharon Bass
    September 14, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    At 61 years old and dependent on a walker, I have a resting heart rate in the high forties to low fifties. I can only infer that my four years in the USMC back in the late seventies has carried over. My antisocial behavior must be waiting to show up. Unless it’s becoming a physician?

  3. Bill Ameen MD
    September 14, 2015 at 9:57 am

    I remember that when he was President, Jimmy Carter had a pulse of 48 because he ran a lot. I guess that’s a risk factor for melanoma too!
    Do psychiatrists check vital signs when their staff register patients? Just asking.

  4. Perry
    September 14, 2015 at 6:58 am

    I’m sure the local city Fire and Police departments we do physicals for would like to know their departments are full of potential criminals…

  5. Sir Lance-a-lot
    September 14, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Sounds like a study I read years ago that found that the most dangerous wife beaters actually had their HR & BP go down when they got mad, instead of up. How you can infer this from resting HR, though, I can’t imagine.

    Maybe marathon runners are all just bad people (frankly, I’ve suspected this for a long time, but never seen any confirmation, but that’s a different discussion…). If so, then doughnuts and bedrest ought to do the world good.

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