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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


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When I exercise, my heart rate goes between 160-175bpm. Is this too high for a 37 year old woman? Target heart rate calc says 146 maximum.

When I exercise, my heart rate goes between 160-175bpm. Is this too high for a 37 year old woman? Target heart rate calc says 146 maximum.

Depends: A formula widely accepted is 220-age=maximum heart rate. Keep in mind though that this is a simplistic formula with age as the only variable and standard deviation for this equation is 10 to 15 bpm. Target heart rates for aggressive cardioconditioning are generally recommended at 80% of your calculated maximum for a healthy individual. See your first GP to discuss any possible contraindications ...Read more

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Have BP 130-150/70 BPM 50-65. Is this too low a heart beat rate? Am 68 yr old female. Have BP that varies 130-150/70 and heart rate 50-65. Is this too low a heart beat rate? I exercise a lot and have weight under control; lacto/ovo veg diet with some fi

Your : Your BP should be closer to 130/70, systolic BP of 150 is too high. You can try decreasing the salt in your diet, or you may need a change in medication. Also note that a common side effect is diovan. As far as your heart rate is concerned, less than 60 is considered low, however if you are physically fit, your resting heart rate can be low. It sounds like your cardiac wrk up was completely negative therefore i don't feel your heart rate is an issue. I would focus on getting better control of your bp. Please follow up with your doctor. All the best. ...Read more

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Im a 25 y/o female 5'5" 145lbs & has high heart rate.It ranges from 90 to 115 w/o activity.I exercise a little & im typically anxious.Should i worry?

Im a 25 y/o female 5'5" 145lbs & has high heart rate.It ranges from 90 to 115 w/o activity.I exercise a little & im typically anxious.Should i worry?

Harmless: Your heart rate is harmless. You can correct it by starting a program of daily exercise. As your fitness improves, your heart rate will slow. If it's never been done, a complete blood count (to exclude anemia, common in young women), TSH (exclude thyroid xs), and echo (exclude structural heart disease) should be done. ...Read more

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What is a normal heart rate for a woman during moderate exercise?

What is a normal heart rate for a woman during moderate exercise?

It depends on age: Subtract your current age in years (36) from 220. First multiply the number you get by 0.6. This is your minimum target exercising heart rate. Now multiply the first number you got by 0.8. This is your maximum target heart rate. Stay inside that range when you exercise. 220-36=184; 184x0.6= 110; 84x0.8=147. Your "normal" heart rate for exercise is between those 2 numbers. ...Read more

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What is the safe maximum heart rate during exercise for a 58 year old woman with BMI 36.8?

What is the safe maximum heart rate during exercise for a 58 year old woman with BMI 36.8?

Interesting question: In theory 220- age is maximum heart rate, but I have seen some people exceed this formula, the real question is target heart rate- probably 60-70% of this according to exercise physiology - about 112 for you. If you run a bit higher comfortably, don't worry. As you excercise more your heart rate may drop as you get more fit. Still, you don't have to go that hard to get benefits. Be well! ...Read more

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19 y/o female, generally healthy, not very active (not overweight though). Been anxious about my heart lately, as my resting heart rate feels slow/I feel tired often. Resting BPM is usually around 55-60. It'll go up with exercise, but I'm worried?

19 y/o female, generally healthy, not very active (not overweight though). Been anxious about my heart lately, as my resting heart rate feels slow/I feel tired often. Resting BPM is usually around 55-60. It'll go up with exercise, but I'm worried?

Anxiety: I understand your concern. “I feel tired often” indicates feeling overwhelmed with stresses in your life. Stress can cause anxiety and depression. Heart rate going up with exercise indicates good functioning heart. Feel the Wonder of 3 Billion muscle cells in Heart working together to send blood with Oxygen to every part of body due to which we are alive. See Psychiatrist for Therapy , Medication ...Read more

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Hello, I'm a 26, fit, and a healthy female. I eat clean & exercise 5 days a week. Lately, my heart rate increases after a meal. Why is this? Thanks!

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I'm a 26, fit, and a healthy female. I eat clean & exercise 5 days a week. Lately, my heart rate increases after a meal. Why is this? Thanks!

Meals and pulse: When we eat, blood to intestines increases. Blood elsewhere can decrease. If you are a bit dehydrated, this change will be more noticeable. Of course, caffeine will raise heart rate. ...Read more

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63 yo female, resting hr 45, no hi bp, very fit/bmi 22, heart rate with only moderate exercise @185 routinely, max recorded 238. What's up?

63 yo female, resting hr 45, no hi bp, very fit/bmi 22, heart rate with only moderate exercise @185 routinely, max recorded 238. What's up?

Sensitive SNS: The sympathetic nervous system releases catecholamines which can increase the heart rate. If the rate returns to low a few minutes after exercise that is not a problem. Exercise that increases hr above 120 for an hour actually decreases cardiac out put and is not healthy. Are there no symptoms when hr is so fast.? Have you had an ekg when hr is so high? ...Read more

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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.

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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