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Haven't exercised in 4 weeks because of virus. When i stand up my heart rate goes up by 30, i'm tired and out of breath and weak. Should i work out?

Haven't exercised in 4 weeks because of virus. When i stand up my heart rate goes up by 30, i'm tired and out of breath and weak. Should i work out?

No exercise now: Under these circumstances the answe should be no until you feel better. Hr that goes up this much with standing implies dehydration--exercising right now will only make that worse. See your doctor and push fluids and nourishment. If still short of breath get an echo to make sure that the virus has not affected the heart or pericardial sac. ...Read more

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I have a slow heart rate and no matter what exercise I do it wont speed up. What could this be?

I have a slow heart rate and no matter what exercise I do it wont speed up. What could this be?

See below: Could be a serious issue such as a heart block in your heart rhythm, especially if exercise does not increase it. See you doc soon. ...Read more

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Y would diastolic BP lower after exercise, is that normal. How quickly should your heart rate go up during exercise and how far. Is 80 high resting ra?

Y would diastolic BP lower after exercise, is that normal. How quickly should your heart rate go up during exercise and how far. Is 80 high resting ra?

Yes!: Normally diastolic blood pressure will fall during exercise and for several hours afterwards. This is because off vasodilation that normally occurs. Systolic BP should always rise. However, in hypertension, the diastolic pressure will rise too, imposing an unnecessary work load on the heart. Increase in heart rate is based on exercise intensity. Normally the HR max is 220-age in years. ...Read more

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I'm 18 exercise regularly but am 6ft 200lbs. Sometimes I have a heart rate of 55 but when I exercise it goes up normal. Should I get checked?

I'm 18 exercise regularly but am 6ft 200lbs. Sometimes I have a heart rate of 55 but when I exercise it goes up normal. Should I get checked?

May be normal: The normal resting hear rate is between 60 and 100. The heart rate increases with exercise and people who exercise a lot tend to have lower resting heart rate. Trained marathon runners may have resting heart in the 40's - 50's. If you have dizziness or feel lightheaded when the heart rate is low, you should have it checked. ...Read more

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Can you exercise so hard that you go over your max heart rate? If so, is it dangerous?

Can you exercise so hard that you go over your max heart rate? If so, is it dangerous?

Exercise and pulse: Young people can easily exceed the recommended pulse rate of (220-age) x 0.7. First off, it's an artificial, but fair estimate for the average person in average condition. Use it as a gauge for measuring cardiovascular fitness. As you get fit, equivalent amounts of exercise should require lesser heart rates; greater exertion can be done with similar heart rates. Don't over think it or overdo it. ...Read more

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My BP goes up to about 135-150/70 immediately after exercise then drops to 118/65 shortly after. Heart rate drops to 50. Is this normal?

My BP goes up to about 135-150/70 immediately after exercise then drops to 118/65 shortly after. Heart rate drops to 50. Is this normal?

Can be normal: A modest rise in blood pressure is a normal response to exercise (a rise of about 5%) an exaggerated jump in blood pressure (15%) can be an indication for an increase future risk cardiovascular problems such as carotid artery blockage studies warn. Your response looks normal. ...Read more

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When I exercise, my heart rate goes between 160-175bpm. Is this too high for a 37 year old woman? Target heart rate calc says 146 maximum.

When I exercise, my heart rate goes between 160-175bpm. Is this too high for a 37 year old woman? Target heart rate calc says 146 maximum.

Depends: A formula widely accepted is 220-age=maximum heart rate. Keep in mind though that this is a simplistic formula with age as the only variable and standard deviation for this equation is 10 to 15 bpm. Target heart rates for aggressive cardioconditioning are generally recommended at 80% of your calculated maximum for a healthy individual. See your first GP to discuss any possible contraindications ...Read more

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When i stand my heart rate goes up to 120. I get weak and achy and my body sways. Could this be because i haven't exercised? I'm scared to.

When i stand my heart rate goes up to 120. I get weak and achy and my body sways. Could this be because i haven't exercised? I'm scared to.

Classic signs POTS: Postural orthostatic hypotension is a condition which is well known to occur in young women. This is a benign condition treated with lots of fluid, salt, ted stockings, and tilt training. If needed the condition can be treated with certain medications. Talk to your doctor. A test call head-up tilt table testing could help in the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Whats a normal change in heart rate with exercise?

Whats a normal change in heart rate with exercise?

Increased heart rate: Exercise is cardiovascular (aerobic) if you raise and elevate your heart rate for an extended period of time. Preferably you would like to elevate your pulse to 65-85% of your max hr. Max hr= 220- age. So for example if you are 30yo your max hr = 190 BPM and you would want to elevate your heart rate to at least 125 to 162. If you are strength training it will be a smaller increase than that. ...Read more

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