Hi Angela, What a challenge you have. I don't have increased heart rate but at times do get a racing feeling. I understand the fear of movement. First thing you need to do is ask your Dr. what he considers safe for you. If aerobic is safe start slow and gradually build up. If aerobic is not safe for the time being then there are some strengthening exercises you could do but without weights so that there wouldn't be any extra pressure in the movement. If he thinks even that is not safe some slow movement type exercises that stretch the muscles would work. Let us know what your Dr. says then we can help you find what you are comfortable with. Shar
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Hi everyone! I am Angela and I am new to this high blood pressure thing. It's pretty scary.
Does anyone have issues with their heart rate as well as the blood pressure? I am scared to start exercising because of this. I recently had a tumor removed from my adrenal gland and it has caused my high blood pressure and increased heart rate. I am hoping after time it will decrease but in the meantime I am almost too scared to move.
I read that you can't monitor blood pressure and heart rate if you are on meds like beta blockers to lower it that you have to depend on "listening to your body". Help!
What info or advice can you give me? I am very new to this and am scared out of my mind. I have an appt with a cardiologist on Monday to see if the stress of the tumor has done any other damage besides the heart rate.
Sofa King, I understand how you feel because I often feel the same way. My father died of heart disease and I know that I don't push myself as much as I could because I'm afraid the same thing could happen to me.
I have found, though, that my BP does go down after I exercise so I continue to do that. Today I walked longer than I usually do and the heat was terrible for me. I thank my God He sent clouds to give me some shade. I'm trying to cool down now.
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Hi Sofa King, I had some of the same concerns you do about exercising. It's kind of scary not knowing how hard to push. That's why I got my husband's old heart rate monitor fixed and use it all the time. It has given me the confidence to get out there and move. If you are going to invest in another piece of equipment I think you would like one better than anything else you could get. A band goes around your chest that has a monitor. It transmits the rate to a watch you wear. After punching in your age, weight, etc. the watch calculates where your fat burning level is and will beep when you wear it till you move fast enough to get your heart rate in the target zone. It will then quit beeping as long as you stay in the zone but if you go too high or too low it will begin beeping again and you will know to either slow down or speed up. I like the fact that it warns you if you go too high.
Some treadmills have a similar attachment. I'm wondering if yours does. It could help you start getting a feel for where your zone is.
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Hi everyone. I am new here, and recently diagnosed with HBP. Like the rest of you, it is so odd to me that increasing the workload on your heart that is done by exercising, actually improves BP. It makes sense that it goes down after, and stays down for longer periods with the more in shape you get. I am scared to exercise, thinking I am raising my BP too high and that I'll just pass out or burst a blood vessel or something.
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Sylba, The water aerobics is a good idea. Also check with your local library to see if you can get a copy of "Pain Free" by Pete Egoscue. He has some exercises to straighten the musculoskelatal system that would help the hip. I'm wondering how biking would affect the hip? There would be motion but not the weight pressure. You could try a stationary bike to begin with so that if it gets uncomfortable you wouldn't have to ride back again. My daughter goes to a gym and says she likes the elliptical machine better than a tread mill because it isn't jarring on the joints. If your hip will take motion that is another possibility. A fun routine just to get the body moving is "Bellydance Fitness for Beginners." The "Basic Moves" routine exercises muscle groups one at a time from the neck down. I don't enjoy the Fat Burning routine though because it is hard on the knees. If you want some aerobic exercise - moving your arms as if you are running while holding a crouched stance gets the heart moving. Not as quickly as using those big gluts but it can work for you.
Water aerobics might be something you could consider. The buoyancy of the water takes the pressure off your joints. It's enjoyable too. Another plus is that even though you're exercising, you don't feel like your sweating. Let me know if you try it.
I have a hard time with walking - I have arthritis in my right hip and some days it is hard to move at all - can you suggest some exercises that I may be able to do without a lot of walking - I'm hoping that as I take some weight off the walking will become easier
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I would be interested to know about foods that help. I know that exercise has helped me ward off medication for BP. I take a lot of meds for asthma so I don't want to take anything else if I can help it.
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." -Socrates
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My understanding is that there is a BP drop immediately after exercise. The pressure then goes back up later in the day. The good news is that, with time, the pressure gradually stays lower. It seems like exercise is beneficial for everything from warts to depression, and best of all it needn't cost anything but sweat!
My name is Nadine and I live in Henderson, NV
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Fitness Minutes: (4,690) Posts: 103 7/9/11 11:57 A
Great to know others are having the same results. With the improvements I have seen I am surprised that Drs. aren't insisting that everyone with High Blood pressure do cardio exercise before they prescribe meds.
The drop in BP (and it can last for quite some time) and increase in heart rate with exercise are expected. Exercise is recommended for people with high BP for precisely for this reason as well as all the other health benefits it provides.
I monitor my BP and I've noticed the same thing - when I do some intense cardio my BP goes down immediately afterward (heart rate goes up, as expected.) It happens this way every time. If I don't get the intense exercise in, the BP trend is generally upward, although there is fluctuation every time I take it which I think is a normal thing. Exercise and certain foods seem to have an enormous, and surprisingly (to me anyway) immediate influence on the BP.
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Since beginning with Sparkpeople I got my heart rate monitor fixed so that I can do aerobic exercise without worrying that I'm taxing the heart. I have begun to notice with the tracking that on days I get up and go for a workout later my blood pressure reading is normal but on days I don't get up and at it my blood pressure reading is high. (I have had so many bad side effects to so many different medicines that I can't take them.) I knew that with exercise there would be a general improvement but I am perplexed by these up and down readings. Has anyone else run into this?
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