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A 18-year-old female asked:

What does an elevated resting heart rate in athlete mean? resting hr is around 85-90. get tired with exercise. shouldn't it be in the 60's?? im a high level athlete

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
Rapid heart rate: Rapid resting heart rate (over 90) is seen with fever, anxiety, overactive thyroid, caffeine,alcohol,nicotine use, certain medications like Sudafed or stimulants. The average athlete's resting heart rate is in the 50-60 range. A cardiac evaluation as well as thyroid,blood pressure levels, EKG, echocardiogram, outpatient heart monitor test,treadmill stress test may be scheduled.
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