A 26-year-old male asked:
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26, obese(bmi 41), bp 117/76. resting heart rate only 54-60. after exercise it hardly raises. had normal ecg/stress test last year. is this normal?

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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
37 years experience Podiatry
For your age: It is normal except for bmi. Are you on a monitered diet?
Answered on Apr 26, 2014
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Dr. Stephen Southard
14 years experience Internal Medicine
Not necessarily: As your heart rate should augment(increase) during exercise. In fact, for a stress test to be considered truly diagnostic it is defined by the you achieving a certain heart rate. If your heart rate doesn't increase either you had non-diagnostic stress test due to suboptimal heart rate levels or have some chronotropic insufficiency - as in an abnormal ability to increase your heart rate.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016

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