EP293: Heart Rate Variability


Welcome to my podcast. I am Doctor Warrick Bishop, and I want to help you to live as well as possible for as long as possible. I’m a practising cardiologist, best-selling author, keynote speaker, and the creator of The Healthy Heart Network. I have over 20 years as a specialist cardiologist and a private practice of over 10,000 patients.

In this episode, Doctor Bishop delves into the complex topic of heart rate variability and its implications for overall health. Doctor Bishop acknowledges that understanding heart rate variability is challenging but emphasizes the importance of exploring it further. Heart rate variability has been linked to the health of the heart, gut, and gas exchange in the body. It is influenced by the autonomic nervous system and can fluctuate over time. Doctor Bishop expresses optimism about the future of understanding and utilizing heart rate variability, especially with the help of wearable monitoring devices.


  • Doctor Bishop discusses the concept of heart rate variability and its importance in relation to heart health, gut health, and gas exchange in the body.
  • Heart rate variability is a measure of the autonomic nervous system balance and reflects the body's ability to quickly accelerate or decelerate heart rate as needed.
  • The autonomic nervous system has two modes: fight or flight and rest and digest, and heart rate variability is closely linked to maintaining a balance between these modes.
  • Heart rate variability can be influenced by various factors, such as diseases, the brain's impact on the heart, and changes in the body's environment.
  • Doctor Bishop acknowledges that understanding heart rate variability can be complicated and mentions the need for consistent measures and data sets to better assess and compare heart rate variability in individuals.

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