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11/14/12 8:34 P

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HI Jawberry,
Everyone has a different heart rate range and although your heart rate is getting up in the higher range of things it's not necessarily a bad thing, especially at your age. I, too, have always had a higher than normal heart rate, even when very fit. When I was in my 20s it wouldn't be uncommon for my heart rate to get up over 200 when really pushing it up a mountain on a bike ride. That being said, in hindsight, I also found out I was born with only one coronary artery and an anomalous coronary artery at age 40 so that may contributed to my situation (mine is a 1 in a million anomaly so extremely rare). It may simply be that you need to improve your fitness. It's common to have a higher heart rate when you aren't as fit, even with what you might consider moderate exercise. Once you have consistently worked out for a few months your heart rate will probably improve. Try starting with consistent cardio exercise working up to 45 min to an hour most days such as brisk walking, elliptical, stationary bike, etc. Once you are doing that 4-5 days/week for a few months I'll bet you see an improvement.
It's also wise to consult with your physician if you are concerned and consider a stress test if you have any other symptoms.

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10/30/12 5:09 P

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I have had similar fast heartrate symptoms while exercising, I can easily go over 190 or even 200bpm. I have a "hypersensitive" sinoatrial node (pacemaker center) and vasopressor syncope. Basically, my heart beats really fast when it is told to but I have a tendency to feel faint when my BP drops.

Briefly, I started having spells of dizziness/confusion/sweating in my early twenties and was tested for a-fib and SVT but didn't have either. I did end up having 3 nerves ablated to help with the problem and was fine until I started graduate school.

I went back to the cardiologist and told him what I had been through before and it was happening again. He didn't want to do another ablation just yet so he had me do a T-table test. They lay you on this tilting table to see if you are prone to fainting. A normal heart will increase beating when you are stood up but mine would go up to like 180 then down to like 40 in these cycles. I nearly fainted and I think the only reason I didn't is because I was moving and fighting it as best I could. The doctor tells me after the test that my blood pressure receptor is not properly signaling my heart to beat faster when my BP drops. So I used diet - increased salt and water intake, eating smaller meals more frequently - to keep my BP up. and I exercise regularly to keep my muscles, especially in the legs, strong to help hold the pressure on my arteries. So I like to do a lot of squats and lunges with heavy weights.

Luckily, I have not had to go on any medication since diet and exercise have really helped and my symptoms were not serious so the side effects did not out-weigh this benefit of meds. BUT exercise needs to be regular and sconsistent. If it is on and off then my body tries to reset my resting heart rate and I get all messed up, so it's more motivation to stay active.

Definitely talk to your cardiologist and hopefully you can figure out what is going on. Good luck! I would recommend that and listening to your body as it seems you are doing and keeping that exercise regular.

After I went through the silly T-table test my dad says to me "Oh yeah, your mom and her mom have passed out before" so I had a family history that I didn't know about.

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10/2/12 3:25 P

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Wow, what an amazing story!

I'm always a fan of "safe than sorry" so I really appreciate the feedback.


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10/2/12 2:04 P

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A normal resting heart rate is between 60-100 bpm. Resting heart rate is most accurate first thing in the morning before you get out of bed.

If you are feeli g your heart beating fast, it can be what's called palpitations, which can be benign or serious, only a doctor can know for sure.

Mitral valve prolapse is pretty common in women and seems to cause a high heart rate at rest in some. Atrial fib or even v-fibs can also increase the heart rate.

As I was in my twenties when I started noticing problems, I was pretty much blown off by all doctors. A run of PSVT had an ER sending me to a cardiologist who insisted my only problem was my weight and panic attacks (at the time, I was a cop and an EMT, I have never had a panic attack!) I explained to the cardio that things like treadmills were out for me. I'd literally pass out. He didn't believe me, so insisted on doing a treadmill stress test.

I wasn't even two minutes into the test before I passed out, tearing up my face and arm in the process. The echo found the mitral valve prolapse, and the EKG during the stress test found the afib.

I'm not saying you have either, I'm saying it's better to be safe rhan sorry. A-fib drastically increases your risk of clots, strokes and heart attacks. I'd had all three within 3 months of each other by age 47.

Listen to your body.

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Well first thing. That target heart rate you are looking at needs to be based on your age, weight and activity level. It is actually different for every person. That is one reason why I have an ap on my phone and I also have a watch that can take my heart rate.
You need to actually build up your endurance in order to get your heart rate where you want it. What excercises are you doing? I run so what I am trying to do is lower my pace speed so that my heart isnt working as hard and when my heart evens out after a while I will move up to next and then the next. Endurance training take a lot of time and patience. I have a program for the Military and they not to even start doing the program until you can easily run 20 or more miles a week.

So my suggestions are take your time and see your doctor.

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My first assumption is that you have talked to your doctor. Having said that, there are good meds to help this. Attenolol is one of them but it is precription only. If you have not talked with a doctor, please do so.

Secondly, If you are uncomfortable with what is going on with you during the workouts, take heed. The Navy tells their pilots "Keep it low and slow". You have time to get to a goal. For the same reason as you, I limit my excercise to a moderatly slow walk (30 min per mile) and keep it under a mile.

Good luck and keep in touch

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7/31/12 8:30 P

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I'm a 29 years young woman and I've been trying to get on a good work out regimen on/off for the last few years. This is my last year before I turn 30 and I've made a lot of new goals for myself. One of those is to get fit and better habits to make my life turn around.

A little family history: My father had a heart attack about 27 years ago and my other relatives have had diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol problems for about as long as I can remember. Now, I've always had a high resting heart rate and it always goes very high when I'm trying to work out. I scare myself sometimes when I take my pulse and see how fast it's going. I've been told that to burn a good heart-rate (while working out) is between 140 and 160 and above that things get dangerous. I've never passed out or felt "over my limit" and I've always pulled back when things felt bad. But often I've gone between 160 and 180 as a sort of compensation to make my heart work harder to make it stronger.

Comments? Recommendations for Work Outs specific to strengthening the heart? Obviously few here are doctors but I'm just curious -


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