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Doctor insights on: I Have A Heart Decease Can I Go To The Gym

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How can I get rid of heart burn when I workout at the gym?

How can I get rid of heart burn when I workout at the gym?

Many options: First, work on proper breathing techniques. Limit breath holding. Lifting lighter weights with higher reps may allow for this. Limit lifting in the supine position (lying on your back), particularly if you've eaten within 2 hours of your workout. Make sure you are not eating or drinking anything before your workout that might be a cause of acid reflux- spicy foods, mint & high caffeine beverages. ...Read more

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Is it true that taking a shower immediately after a workout can damage the heart? How long should I wait to shower post workout?

Is it true that taking a shower immediately after a workout can damage the heart?  How long should I wait to shower post workout?

Cardio : Nope. Not at all. This is the first time I have heard this untrue myth. If it were true almost every person who works out would have heart trouble. ...Read more

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What is different btwn cardio workout and stressful situations where hr goes to 150? Both train the heart, but one is healthy and the other is not?

What is different btwn cardio workout and stressful situations where hr goes to 150? Both train the heart, but one is healthy and the other is not?

Exercise, stress: stress involves a wide variety of internal physiologic changes that alter the organism internally widely including adverse changes in immune function, inducing endothelial vascular dysfunction etc. Mediated via a variety of hormonal and neurotransmitter mechanisms. Physical exercise for purposes of cardiovascular conditioning does not trigger all of the same mechanisms and is thus preferred ...Read more

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I have a problem keeping my heart rate under 150 when i'm trying to do an aerobic workout even when i'm going really slow. Target is 127. What to do?

I have a problem keeping my heart rate under 150 when i'm trying to do an aerobic workout even when i'm going really slow. Target is 127.  What to do?

Heart rate: Sounds as though you need to work with an exercise physiologist and have a consulting cardiologist ensure that you have no underlying cardiac issues. So much depends on your age, level of fitness, bmi and so forth. ...Read more

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How to decrease heart rate but still get a good workout?

How to decrease heart rate but still get a good workout?

Better shape: The harder you work the higher your heart rate. As a general rule, the better shape you are in, the lower your resting pulse. Unless you are on medication (beta blocker or some calcium channel blockers) your heart rate will increase with any reasonable work out. ...Read more

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I'm a 44 active, healthy female. When I workout I get my heart rate up to 171-172. Is this ok, or too high?

I'm a 44 active, healthy female. When I workout I get my heart rate up to 171-172. Is this ok, or too high?

220-age = Max: You are achieving your maximal heart rate which isn't necessarily bad but also not additionally beneficial. You will achieve similar benefit from attaining and maintaining 85% which would be around 150 BPM. Back down your routine just a little. You are 44 not 22. What you lose in age you gain in experience over those younger athletes. ...Read more

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Male 22, is 1 hour cardio workout safe? I heard marathons are bad on the heart and don't want to do too much!?

Male 22, is 1 hour cardio workout safe? I heard marathons are bad on the heart and don't want to do too much!?

Exercise: In general an hour of cardio is fine. Whether marathon training is 'bad' is still an open question but clearly good conditioning and regular exercise is preferable to inactivity we recommend a minimum of half hour sessions and if you feel good doing an hour, great. ...Read more

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What should you do in regard to the intensity of your workout if your post-exercise heart rate is above either the five- or 10-minute levels?

What should you do in regard to the intensity of your workout if your post-exercise heart rate is above either the five- or 10-minute levels?

Exercise: If you're concerned about these numbers consult your dr. About the meaning vis a vis your workout, making a recommendation only on the info here is inappropriate, not that simple. ...Read more

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Is something wrong with my heart when my pulse never goes over 80per minute? I tried to workout and do some running and pulse is still low.

Is something wrong with my heart when my pulse never goes over 80per minute? I tried to workout and do some running and pulse is still low.

Not normal: Your pulse should increase with strenuous exercise. First make sure your are measuring your pulse correctly. If it truely does not increase with exercise, you will feel tired & short of breath easily. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Workout problems about reaching target heart rate?

Workout problems about reaching target heart rate?

Not a problem: I suppose you mean that you can reach thr with exercise.I hope you are not taking beta blocker or your heart is accustom to exercise. ...Read more

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My heart rate hit 200 during a hard workout, is this bad?

My heart rate hit 200 during a hard workout, is this bad?

No: The "target" heart rate during exercise is different for people of different ages. Although the typical maximal age-predicted heart rate for a 40 year-old would be around 180, a vigorous workout could produce heart rates of 200 beats per minute without being abnormal for you. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when i workout over my 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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I have a heart beat of 126bpm..while taking hydroxycut workout pills. is this ok?

I have a heart beat of 126bpm..while taking hydroxycut workout pills. is this ok?

Fast heartrate: You might want to rethink the hydroxycut if it is driving your heart rate too fast. I do not recommend this product when my patients have asked about it. ...Read more

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