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Dr. Bennett Werner
Board Certified, Cardiology
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Does everyone age 55+ who walks fast for exercise and who are in good general health with no known heart problems need to know their max heart rate?

Dr. Bennett Werner
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Does everyone age 55+ who walks fast for exercise and who are in good general health with no known heart problems need to know their max heart rate?

No but: Your maximum predicted heart rate for your age is 160. 85% of that is 136 and that would be a good workout target for you. ...Read more

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Dr. Rashed Hasan
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Heart Rate (Definition)

Heart rate is a measurement of the number of times a person's heart beats in one minute. Normal heart rates vary with a person's age and with excitement and exercise. Abnormal heart rates are too slow, too fast, and/or irregular (too much ...Read more


Dr. Sandra Pinkham
Board Certified, Holistic Medicine
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Could you please tell me the proper way to measure recovery heart rate? Does duration of exercise matter? I was hoping to do it after 30mins of cardio.

Dr. Sandra Pinkham
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Could you please tell me the proper way to measure recovery heart rate?  Does duration of exercise matter? I was hoping to do it after 30mins of cardio.

Various ways: Count your pulse immediately after that exercise for 10 seconds and multiply by 6 for the end of exercise heart rate in beats per minute . Measure again in 1 minute and the rate should be at least 12 beats per minute less. In 2 minutes it should be at least 22 beats per minute less. The faster the heart rate goes down the better. Overheating and dehydration may keep pulse elevated. ...Read more

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Board Certified, Cardiology
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What should my heart rate be at my age?

Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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What should my heart rate be at my age?

Heart rate: Resting heart rate for a normal adult is 60-80bpm, with exercise we target heart rate to age and phsyical status. ...Read more

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Dr. Ehab Kasasbeh
Board Certified, Cardiology
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If i exercise 45mins a day at heart rate 140-160bpm. How much fitter will i be in 3 months and then 6 months?

Dr. Ehab Kasasbeh
Board Certified, Cardiology
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Many benefits : Exercise, depending on its type, has many benefits to your body and mind. The type most beneficial to your heart is 30-40 minutes a day of moderate intensity cardio exercise ( where you get short of breath and your heart rate is higher, like running or treadmill, or elliptical). 5 times a week of this should be your target. It will have profound benefits over your lifetime. ...Read more

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Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
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I'm 18 exercise regularly but am 6ft 200lbs. Sometimes I have a heart rate of 55 but when I exercise it goes up normal. Should I get checked?

Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
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I'm 18 exercise regularly but am 6ft 200lbs. Sometimes I have a heart rate of 55 but when I exercise it goes up normal. Should I get checked?

May be normal: The normal resting hear rate is between 60 and 100. The heart rate increases with exercise and people who exercise a lot tend to have lower resting heart rate. Trained marathon runners may have resting heart in the 40's - 50's. If you have dizziness or feel lightheaded when the heart rate is low, you should have it checked. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Shen
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Why do I get a random fast and hard heart rate at random times as well as when i exercise. Im only 16, 5'11 160 lbs?

Dr. Joseph Shen
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Why do I get a random fast and hard heart rate at random times as well as when i exercise. Im only 16, 5'11 160 lbs?

Probably normal: Unless your heart skips the beats and you can feel it of course... ...Read more

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Dr. Howard Rubin
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Dr. CHARLES TALAKKOTTUR
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I'm 41yrs of age and my heart rate is at 55. Is this something to be worried about?

Dr. CHARLES TALAKKOTTUR
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
56 years in practice
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Depends: If you are an athletic individual it may be that your heart rate has adjusted based on how healthy your heart muscle is. If this is not the case, you would need to see your doctor and have them consider something called a holter monitor which measures your heart rate and rhythm over a period of at least 24 hours. It would also be important to know if you have any symptoms with this low heart rat. ...Read more

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Dr. Zakare Salifu
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My heart rate is 51 but I am not an athlete and i don't exercise regularly. Is it normal?

Dr. Zakare Salifu
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Probable: Depends. If it increases with walking and you have no symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Werner
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I exceeded my maximum heart rate for my age, is this bad?

Dr. Bennett Werner
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I exceeded my maximum heart rate for my age, is this bad?

No: Maximum heart rate for age is a PREDICTED heart rate and is only a guideline. When I supervise treadmill stress tests, I see people exceed their predicted max everyday. As long as you feel ok (tired and winded, of course!), it's okay. ...Read more

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Exercise (Definition)

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