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What is the resting heart rate for an athlete?

What is the resting heart rate for an athlete?

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

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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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My normal resting heart rate is around 60. Why is it sometimes down at 52? Once it was even 48. I am a non athlete.

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My normal resting heart rate is around 60. Why is it sometimes down at 52? Once it was even 48. I am a non athlete.

Variable = normal: Heart rate is variable throughout the day, your life and in many different situations. There is no such thing as a static normal heart rate. Normal exists as a range depending on what activities you have engaged in. Emotions, physical activity and diet can influence your heart rate throughout the day. ...Read more

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I'm a high level athlete and sometimes my resting heart rate will sit around 105-110, I get really tired from it. Its usually in the 70's. Is this normal?

I'm a high level athlete and sometimes my resting heart rate will sit around 105-110, I get really tired from it. Its usually in the 70's. Is this normal?

No: That is too fast a resting heart rate for anyone except an infant. Causes of rapid resting rates are overactive thyroid or other endocrinopathies. Fevers, anxiety, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, certain medications containing adrenalin like substances. Your physician will take a thorough history, examine you and order appropriate tests. Referral to a cardiologist may be advised. ...Read more

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I'm 37 and my resting heart rate after waking up from sleep is 56-60 on pulse ox. Is this normal? I'm not an athlete.

I'm 37 and my resting heart rate after waking up from sleep is 56-60 on pulse ox. Is this normal? I'm not an athlete.

Yes: Some people can have normal lower resting heart rate. The problem is if you have symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness, syncope along with these low heart rates. Additionally, some medications can also decrease you are heart rate such as beta blockers. If you asymptomatic then nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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My resting heart rate is always in the 40's. Right before bed its around 40 to 43. I do go the gym but I'm certainly no athlete. Is this normal?

My resting heart rate is always in the 40's. Right before bed its around 40 to 43. I do go the gym but I'm certainly no athlete. Is this normal?

Its low: But what's more important is if you have symptoms that can be attributed to low heart rates: like fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath with exertion, inability for your heart rate to increase with exercise, lightheadedness/dizziness, having passed out. It also helps to have more health history like an medications or other medical conditions? ...Read more

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Not an athlete. Walk a bit daily. Diet 1200 cals a day. Resting heart rate in 50's. Why? Is it safe?

Not an athlete. Walk a bit daily. Diet 1200 cals a day. Resting heart rate in 50's. Why? Is it safe?

Heart rate: Though the textbook definition of bradycardia (slow HR) is < 60, young people & athletes often have a HR much slower than this at rest. It is normal for the HR to accelerate with exercise; if it doesn't then there might be a problem. Symptoms of bradycardia might include dizziness or fatigue. If you have particular concerns, consider an Inbox Consult with a doc here on HealthTap ...Read more

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Reason for a higher than expected resting heart rate in an athlete? Mine is about 80-95. used to be in the 60's? I drink tons of water

Reason for a higher than expected resting heart rate in an athlete? Mine is about 80-95. used to be in the 60's? I drink tons of water

Fast pulse: That is an abnormally rapid resting heart rate for a healthy young person. Causes include overactive thyroid, fever, anemia, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, anxiety, cardiac arrhythmias and certain stimulant medications. I recommend an evaluation by your physician and appropriate tests will be ordered. ...Read more

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Athletes often have a very low resting heart rate in the 35-50 range but is this while sleeping? And does it even go lower during sleep?

Athletes often have a very low resting heart rate in the 35-50 range but is this while sleeping? And does it even go lower during sleep?

Yes and. ..yes: Everyone's HR slows during sleep, both because metabolic needs are less and also because of augmented vagal tone. Athletes HRs are slow during waking because they have better stroke volume than non-athletes and don't need the faster rate to maintain cardiac output. During sleep, like everyone else, they'll go even slower. Not to worry! Athletes don't slow down and die in their sleep! Honestly! ...Read more

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If someone was a fit athlete and had a low resting heart rate of say 30 and had a pacemaker for any reason to make it 60 what would happen?

If someone was a fit athlete and had a low resting heart rate of say 30 and had a pacemaker for any reason to make it 60 what would happen?

That's too low.: Even for a fit athlete, a resting heart rate of 30 is just too slow. The HR in an elite athlete may dip into the mid-40s, but any lower would make me think that there's some pathology in the rhythm system of the heart for which a pacemaker might actually be required. With this HR, is there any lightheadedness, shortness of breath, passing out? ...Read more

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Resting heart rate is higher than usual (85-90bpm).experiencing profound fatigue after exertion over past months. High level athlete. Well hydrated?

Resting heart rate is higher than usual (85-90bpm).experiencing profound fatigue after exertion over past months. High level athlete. Well hydrated?

Need further study.: If high level athlete, unlikely that this is due to structural heart disease. Non-cardiac issues such as low blood count (anemia), thyroid overactivity etc may be good places to start. Recommend that you get guidance from you regular physician. ...Read more

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What point should I be concerned abt low resting heart rate, considering normal echo/stress/Holter? Seen 49, measured 45 during sleep. 40/m no athlete

What point should I be concerned abt low resting heart rate, considering normal echo/stress/Holter? Seen 49, measured 45 during sleep. 40/m no athlete

Heart rate: As long as your heart is structurally and functionally normal with a satisfactory holter Study and if you have no symptoms then you have nothing to worry about. It is also important that conditions such as thyroid disorder, Lyme disease etc. Be excluded. The detailed history and physical examination and possible blood tests should help to establish this. ...Read more

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My resting heart rate is about 60bpm but I can feel the pumping in my ears, neck, shoulders and back. Is this normal as an athlete?

My resting heart rate is about 60bpm but I can feel the pumping in my ears, neck, shoulders and back. Is this normal as an athlete?

Heart rate: Most of us don't feel our pulsations, when you are a trained athlete and have a larger than usual stroke volume, it makes it easier to feel the pumping. This may be all you are feeling. If it is bothersome to you, see your doctor to be checked out. ...Read more

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Amitriptyline (12.5mg) use increase resting heart rate (+10-15bpm) in athlete. Normal? Echocardiogram & EKG normal 5 years ago. 150b, 6ft male.

Amitriptyline (12.5mg) use increase resting heart rate (+10-15bpm) in athlete. Normal? Echocardiogram & EKG normal 5 years ago. 150b, 6ft male.

Missing some info.: I suspect that we are missing some information because this case, as described, isn't quite right. Why would you want to raise the resting heart rate (HR)? A low HR is better & being an athlete you would naturally have a lower HR (& live longer as a result). Unless you have SOME other symptom / condition, there's no reason to use Amitriptyline (which can lower HR). Use HealthTap Prime to discuss. ...Read more

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What is a good resting heart rate for 2 yr old boy? Through oximetry study I saw his O2 was great. But HR while calm/asleep was 140-160?

What is a good resting heart rate for 2 yr old boy? Through oximetry study I saw his O2 was great. But HR while calm/asleep was 140-160?

Heart rate: There seems to be an important past medical history with your son? As we do not usually check oxygen on a two year old unless there is a reason. So the heart rate may be elevated in a normal two year old who is asleep but not in a child with a reason for it, ...Read more

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Need help. Is 86 a good resting heart rate for a 13 yo boy?

Need help. Is 86 a good resting heart rate for a 13 yo boy?

Yes: An average heart rate at his age is 85 beats per minute. ...Read more

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I am 43 yr old female and my resting heart rate is always between 40 and 60? Is that good?

Low Heart Rate: Low is much better than high when it comes to heart beat. This normal may just be normal for you and that is fine. As long as you are able to easily go about your daily activities there is nothing here to be concerned about. ...Read more

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29 yr old female, good health 125lbs, resting heart rate ranges from 109-130. How do I know when I should see somebody for this?

29 yr old female, good health 125lbs, resting heart rate ranges from 109-130. How do I know when I should see somebody for this?

If you develop: Symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations, etc. However, if you have known medical conditions such as anemia, COPD etc. You may need to let your doctor know, especially this is new... Best luck! ...Read more

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Athlete (Definition)

Ath·lete n. A person possessing the natural or acquired traits, such as strength, agility, and endurance, that are necessary for physical exercise or sports, especially those ...Read more