Tuesday, September 06, 2011
I had a Stress Echo test today. My primary doctor was a little concerned when I said my heart rate during exercising was above the normal range. So, she thought it was better to be safe and have the test.
The cardiac doctor said that everything was fine, just not to push myself when I know I should slow down.
It's good to know for sure, to ward off "WebMD syndrome". For example, I read an article about people in their twenties suddenly dying during strenuous exercise due to an undiagnosed congenital heart problem. So, knowing my heart rate monitor readings never seem to match up with the recommended average numbers (combined with swelling and numbness in my extremities), I got a little worried.
Now I know I don't have to worry that I am exercising way too hard. I've re-calibrated my "zones" to match my perceived exertion. I'm going to wear my HRM during 30-Day Shred and Zumba this week.