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No difference: There's no difference in general. Perhaps in certain contexts, such as a research protocol, one might make a distinction, but, for all intents and purposes, they're the same. ...Read more
Totally: That's 100%, totally normal!Get a more detailed answer ›
Ideally what should the resting heart be while in AF. Also what is ok if optimum can't be achieved to avoid damage to the heart?
Less than 100: A number of trials have been done looking at the ideal heart rate control for atrial fibrillation, and the data suggests anywhere between 80-110 as the ideal resting heart rate. It is ok to be a little lower or a little higher, but heart rates that are not well controlled for long periods of time, particularly if they are too high, can cause symptoms and have adverse effects on the heart. ...Read more
Tachycardia: It's not unusual for young people to be able to generate heart rates to the level you report. This can be exacerbated by stimuli like caffeine found in coffee. Regardless, you shouldn't have a sustained heart rate at that level all day long. If this is the case, I would seek a formal evaluation. ...Read more
Can vary: Resting heart rate can vary in individuals but should be between 50-90 bpm. If you are having symptoms then that should really be a trigger for further evaluation. ...Read more
Yes: You are normal. Normal maximum heart rate is 220 minus your age. You have plenty of room to rev it up! ...Read more
Define: resting: That hr is a tad high but are you really resting (10 minutes of no activity) when you measure it? ...Read more
I'm on Bisoprosal Fumurate for paroxysmal AF. In rhythm my resting heart is often around 50. Is this ok?
See your doctor soon: Your bisoorolol was prescribed partly for "rate control"; that is, to keep your AF heart from beating too fast to effectively drive the blood circulation. A rate of 50 is low because it's less than 60 & risks making the heart beat too slow to effectively drive the blood circulation. If you are fatigued or light headed, then you need attention ASAP. But see your doctor soon. Hope that helps. ...Read more
60-100: The resting heart rate ideally should be well below 100 beats per minute, which is similar to a heart rate in normal rhythm. There may be some leeway with regard to rate depending on various other factors such as other illnesses and how recently the diagnosis was made. ...Read more
Normal vs Abnormal: In normal adults a resting heart rate of 60-80 is common. Deconditioning can lead to faster rates while conditioned athletes can have heart rates in the 40-60 range. Olympic sports athletes may have heart rates in the 30's. ...Read more
Typically, a lower heart rate is a reflection of good cardiovascular shape.
For example, professional bicyclers can have resting hr in the upper 30's per minute.
The exception to the low resting heart rate comments above would be if you have symptoms from low heart rate or if your heart rate cannot raise normally with exertion. These people require evaluation to see if they need a pacemaker. ...Read more