Low heart rate? You might be a stalker

This will get your blood boiling.

Having a low resting heart rate — often linked to aggression and violence — is now associated with stalking in men, according to a new study.

Men with low levels of arousal are less fearful, more impulsive and likely to seek out victims and pursue them to feel stimulated, researchers said.

It’s called “arousal theory” and it’s directly related to low heart rates.

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“Overall, our findings suggest that while heart rate is generally found to be associated with aggression and antisocial behavior across the sexes, these associations may be sex specific when discussing stalking perpetration,” Danielle Boisvert, a co-author of the Sam Houston State University study, wrote.

Volunteers for the study — comprised of 384 college students — who had heart rates below that of an average person were three times more likely to become stalkers, compared to men with average beats per minute.

The typical heart rate for an adult ranges anywhere from 60 to 100 beats per minute, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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Apparently, men with low levels of arousal are less fearful, more impulsive and likely to seek out victims and pursue them to feel stimulated.

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Subjects answered questions in a survey about any potential stalking habits, such as if they were comfortable contacting a person against their will and following or spying on someone.

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While they answered the battery of questions, researchers monitored the subject’s pulses.

Some of the participants with lower heart rates even admitted to engaging in these stalking behaviors.

Stalking victims suffer from serious psychological, social and economic side effects that cost an estimated $ 342 million each year.

It’s estimated that about 20 million women and six million men have been stalked in the U.S. at some point in their lives.

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