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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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I was running 2/1 intervals for 30 minutes. I then ran as fast as I could and was wearing my heart rate monitor my heart rate was 166. My chest tightened up and I kept running until it tightened even more. I stopped running and it went away. During the ea

I was running 2/1 intervals for 30 minutes. I then ran as fast as I could and was wearing my heart rate monitor my heart rate was 166. My chest tightened up and I kept running until it tightened even more. I stopped running and it went away. During the ea

Question cutoff : your question got cutoff there buddy but as a general rule: 1. If running causes your chest to be tight then back off running. 2. If you're having chest discomfort with exercise go see your doctor. 3. Watch your gender-name mismatch. It's very confusing and yes, gender, does help us. ...Read more

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How accurate are heart rate watches with chest straps?

How accurate are heart rate watches with chest straps?

Pretty accurate.: They are using the same technology as the full scale ekg; even the finger ones. But if it is chest straps it is getting quite close to the full ekg. Even motion doesn't usually mess up the reading. ...Read more

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Is heart rate variability a good way to measure stress and are there at-home devices/software for doing it? (maybe chest strap-app combos)?

Is heart rate variability a good way to measure stress and are there at-home devices/software for doing it? (maybe chest strap-app combos)?

No: Heart rate variability is actually a sign of a healthy heart, not stress. Your heart rate should vary throughout the day, in response to a multitude of factors. Commercial heart rate monitors do measure HR accurately, and can be used to track your fitness level over time. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have chest pains. Whenever I have them my heart rate gets faster and my heart skips a beat. What could it be?

I have chest pains. Whenever I have them my heart rate gets faster and my heart skips a beat. What could it be?

Should be evaluated: Question is whether the palpitations are causing the chest pain or vice versa. Elevated heart rate may be a normal response to some stressor such as chest pain or may be due to some inherent "short circuit" in the heart that could be causing it. Some of these are normal variants and don't pose any significant risk whereas others may be to a potentially dangerous rhythm disturbance. ...Read more

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I'm 27 and 250lbs and 5'8 my heart rate is 82 but my chest hurts and I feel like I can't breathe and pass out. Help?

I'm 27 and 250lbs and 5'8 my heart rate is 82 but my chest hurts and I feel like I can't breathe and pass out. Help?

Depends: Chest pain has many causes and many implications. Some are minor and some can be life threatening. More information a complete history and physical is recommended by your doctor if you indeed have these symptoms. Please go to the emergency room ...Read more

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Chest pressure. Heart rate jumps from 65 to 135 with mild exertion. Chest pressure for two days. 40 yr old female. . ?

Chest pressure. Heart rate jumps from 65 to 135 with mild exertion. Chest pressure for two days. 40 yr old female. 
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Time to see a doctor: Chest pressure, chest pain, or trouble breathing are signs meaning go to the E.R. Chest pain symptoms can be a heart attack. One should not drive herself (it's safer to go by ambulance). If she turns out not to have myocarditis or heart attack symptoms, the E.R. will also have evaluated for chest problems such as a collapsed lung or a pneumonia. Chest x-ray, EKG, and labs can be done at the E.R. ...Read more