Your resting heart rate can reflect your current and future health

| June 20, 2016

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One of the easiest, and maybe most effective, ways to gauge your health can be done in 30 seconds with two fingers. Measuring your resting heart rate (RHR) — the number of heart beats per minute while you’re at rest — is a real-time snapshot of how your heart muscle is functioning…

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Healthfirst® is a unique, not-for-profit health benefits company sponsored by some of the most prestigious and nationally recognized hospitals and medical centers in New York. Our mission is to provide quality healthcare coverage to individuals and families in our New York service areas. We serve more than one million members throughout New York City and in Long Island. Established in 1993, Healthfirst has a unique, hospital-sponsored model that strives to achieve quality outcomes and member satisfaction through collaboration with its large provider network and community organizations. We offer a selection of free and low-cost health insurance options for individuals and families at every stage of life. These options include government-sponsored health plans such as Child Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Advantage, and Managed Long Term Care, as well as commercial health plans such as Healthfirst Leaf Plans and Qualified Health Plans, offered on NY State of Health, The Offi

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