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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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How high does your heart rate need to be before you get a heart attack?

How high does your heart rate need to be before you get a heart attack?

Not related: A heart attack can occur at any heart rate if there is a blood clot in the artery or a blockage. If there is a severe narrowing than a higher heart rate will increase the risk of a heart attack as the demand of a higher heart rate would out strip the supply. ...Read more

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Please explain to me how do you determine maximum heart rate?

Please explain to me how do you determine maximum heart rate?

Age related: Your "maximum predicted heart rate" (mphr) is derived from your age. It is 220 minus your age. Note that this is a simple derived number, and actually has very little to do with actual physiologic limits of your own body. My usual advice regarding "maximal heart rate" is to use mphr as a general guide only. "listening to your body" is a better way of guiding exercise limits. ...Read more

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How can you tell when your heart rate increases abnormally?

How can you tell when your heart rate increases abnormally?

ECG stress testing: This is evaluated using routine ECG stress testing to see if heart rate response to exercise is adequate, blunted or accelerated. ...Read more

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How do doctors determine your heart rate? What does it indicate about your health?

How do doctors determine your heart rate? What does it indicate about your health?

Heart rate: We feel the pulse and count how many pulses a minute. That is equivalent to the heart rate. Too fast something's wrong, too slow something might be wrong. ...Read more

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How do u know if your heart is beating properly?

How do u know if your heart is beating properly?

It is unclear if you: are asking about your heart rate and rhythm or the heart's function. Your heart is probably functioning properly if you are alive and breathing and mentating. If you mean the rate and rhythm then take your pulse and it should be regular between 60 and 100 beats per minute at rest. Ideally see your health care provider and have an examination for reassurance. ...Read more

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How high does your heart rate need to be to have a heart attack?

How high does your heart rate need to be to have a heart attack?

No simple answer: If your arteries have no blockage, then there is no heart rate that will cause a heart attack. The more blocked the arteries, the lower the hr needed to outstrip the blood supply. There are other factors too, like presence/absence of anemia, hypertension, left ventricular hypertrophy, (wall thickening), and contractility which determine how much blood the heart is using and needs. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your heart stops?

How can you tell if your heart stops?

Asystole: If your heart stops beating for more than a few seconds you won't be awake or maybe alive to figure it out. If somebody else passes out and they don't have a pulse, you can suspect strongly that their heart isn't beating. ...Read more

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Need to lower heart/blood rate. What do you recommend?

Need to lower heart/blood rate. What do you recommend?

Exercise: Exercise training usually the first line approach, in particular, interval training shown to lower the resting heart rate. ...Read more

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What to do if i want to know what happens when you exercise over your target heart rate zone?

What to do if i want to know what happens when you exercise over your target heart rate zone?

Nothing: When people ask me about what their target hr should be when working out, i tell them that the workout intensity is more important than heart rate. So if you feel like you are overdoing it, are exhausted and feeling sick after your workout, and your hr was less than target, it was too much. Decrease intensity. If hr is higher than target, and you feel ok afterwards, that's ok, no problem. ...Read more

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What can you do to make your heart healthier?

Fitness: The fun thing about the heart is that you can actually make it healthier than it was when you got it -- rather than just ruining it like we can do to most of our other organs. As a sometime sports physician, it's a joy to examine a truly aerobically fit heart from endurance training, and despite pop wisdom, strength training helps as well. Lifestyle protects from / reverses vascular disease issues. ...Read more

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What to do if I have rapid heart rate. need opinions! doctors can't figure it out?

What to do if I have rapid heart rate. need opinions! doctors can't figure it out?

See EP cardiologist: Many different things can lead to a fast heart rate. If many of the more common problems have been entertained by several doctors, then a heart rhythm specialist (cardiac electrophysiologist) can usually identify the more unusual reasons. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how heart rate and heart rhythm differ?

Speed vs Rhythm: Heart rate refers to the number of heartbeats in a minute. Average resting heart rates in healthy people can range from the 50s to 70s. Heart rhythm refers to the presence or absence of regularity of the heart beats. Abnormal rhythms can cause periodic additional beats or continuous irregularity, which can be felt as 'skips', light-headedness, chest discomfort, weakness, or be asymptomatic. ...Read more

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What will happen if you exceed your maximum heart rate when exercising?

What will happen if you exceed your maximum heart rate when exercising?

Calculation: Mhr = 220-age. Remember it's a calculation and not exact number. If no symptoms associated you should be ok. However, why you want to reach your mhr? Know the training zones and exercise accordingly. Ex: 60-70% training zone for basic endurance and fat burning; caloric burning depend on exercise time. ...Read more

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How do you get the same cardio benefits when on beta blockers if you cant get your heart rate yp to aerobic zones?

How do you get the same cardio benefits when on beta blockers if you cant get your heart rate yp to aerobic zones?

↑ed rate is only a : a sign of ?ed adrenaline/noradrenaline vs. acetycholine from brain. ?es heart rate, but not required to achieve benefit of aerobic exercise. Beta blockers+adrenaline/noradrenaline analogues which do not stimulate the beta receptors for these neurohormones yet interfere with their reaching beta the receptors (thus called blockers). Too much adrenaline/noradrenaline damages/kills heart muscle cells. ...Read more

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What do you advise for heart rate increasing what's wrong?

What do you advise for heart rate increasing what's wrong?

How suddenly: Weather this is an Arrhythmia, or not, depends on how suddenly the heart rate increases. An arrhythmia, is an abnormal heart rhythm, caused by a "short circuit" in your heart. It typically results in sudden increases in heart rate, to very fast. Gradual increases, over several seconds to a minute are usually due to stress or exercise. See heart rhythm specialist (electrophysiologist) for test. ...Read more

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What do you do if your heart rate won't slow significantly during the walking phase?

I am : Assuming you are talking about sprinting and walking alternatively for endurance and to improve heart capacity. Jeep walking until you breath better and your body feel right for the sprinting phase. With time your heart will go lower. Also I am assuming you had a good history and physical before starting your exercise program. ...Read more