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A 21-year-old male asked:

I've been with a competitive swimming team for almost 5 years and my resting heart rate still 66-72 i know that there's something wrong cause there should be some improvement in the pumping power?

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Dr. Nathan Almeida
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 24 years experience
Normal: Resting heart rates tend to be low in athletes, which is very normal. Your heart rate should go up with physical activity.
Dr. Steven Neish
Pediatrics - Cardiology 39 years experience
HR is complex: The factors that determine your resting heart rate are complex. Being fit does not necessarily mean that your resting heart rate will be less than 60 bpm, although elite athletes often have low resting heart rates. Resting heart rate is determined by oxygen demand, cardiac efficiency, and autonomic tone, all of which can be affected by various factors. It would be wrong to over focus on hr.

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