A simple resting heart rate contains valuable information on health and can be tracked over time to alert you to changes in health. With the new health tracking devices--wristbands, smartphone apps, digital scales and other devices that measure heart rate--tracking your resting heart rate, even during sleep, is easier than ever.
If you identify a higher heart rate above ideal, especially above 70 bpm, then you can take steps to reduce heart rate, far better than the drugs that doctors prescribe to slow heart rate.
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MY HEARTBEAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN LOW---47 bpm. TROUBLE IS, BECAUSE OF VEGAL NERVE ATRIAL FIBRILATION, AND THE NEED FOR BETA BLOCKER DRUGS ETC, MY HEART CAN'T SPEED UP WHEN REQUIRED, SO I'M UNABLE TO WALK FAR ETC, AND CONSEQUENTLY, LOSING ALL ENERGY AND MUSCLES. I'M IN A DOWNWARD SPIRAL.
I'm a T1 Diabetic for almost 30 years and my resting HR is 78. I went many years uncontrolled and recently started working out at the gym. 15 minutes cardio, cycling and then lifting weights. 4 days a week. But now I'm scared to death because my HR spikes to 130 and my blood pressure is 170/90. I drink 3 liters of water per day. But now I feel anxiety because I'm so close to having a heart attack or stroke.
Yes, along with a low resting heart rate (<60) the rate at which the rate recovers after you've reached 85% or more of your max hr for your age, is generally accepted independent measure of heart health and morbidity. Even when other risk factors like smoking and family history are taken into account, this factor only is one of the most important measures. A normal person's HRR should fall at least 12 beats within one minute, 30 is fine, 40 plus is excellent or a 2min measure that's greater than 24, again 50 plus here is good. If a person's is less than 12, it could signal problems or a very unfit heart.
YOUNG PEOPLE CAN HAVE HIGHER HRS, BUT, IT'S NORMAL ENOUGH, YOU SHOULD CHECK YOUR HEART RATE RECOVERY RATE IN THE GYM SOMETIME AND THIS WILL TELL YOU HOW YOU'RE HEART IS (I.E SEE HOW QUICKLY IT FALLS FROM 85% WITHIN 2 MINUTES)
Why does the Mayo Clinic say this? All the information online is contradictory or confusing!
"Bradycardia is a slower than normal heart rate. The hearts of adults at rest usually beat between 60 and 100 times a minute. If you have bradycardia (brad-e-KAHR-dee-uh), your heart beats fewer than 60 times a minute.
Bradycardia can be a serious problem if the heart doesn't pump enough oxygen-rich blood to the body. For some people, however, bradycardia doesn't cause symptoms or complications.
An implanted pacemaker can correct bradycardia and help your heart maintain an appropriate rate."
I got really sick a couple of months ago and by the time I got to the clinic, my blood pressure was 60/40 and my pulse was 40. My kidney was shutting down so I had to stay in the hospital overnight. Now I have to take it easy to keep my pulse below 100--I start getting pretty sick when it gets over 120 resting. I think I qualified for bradycardia when it went down to 40 since I was so sick, but I think people who are otherwise very healthy can have a super low pulse and it's fine for them.
It's ironic that you mentioned intermittent fasting in this video. I just started fasting again and noticed that my resting heart rate has gone down significantly. I workout regularly but my resting heart rate was high than I expected to be. But after a few weeks of fasting it's down in the 50's again. Fasting is the only change. Thanks. I got the answer I was looking for.
For me nutrition is the most important key for lowering my resting heart rate. When changing my unhealty foods to a clean and well-balanced intake my resting heart rate decreased from 63 to 50 in 14 days! It's very consistent around 50 now. Cheat days are really visible on my measuring device.
Love the comments and agree. I am 80years old and got my Fitbit in December and had RHT of 52. Developed a cold and it went to over 62 for about two weeks. Drank extra water and took more Vitamin C. It is now back to about 51 with spot tests about 46. Hope to get it lower with more exercise.
Eat heather fruit veg less fat sugar stop smoking stop drinking alcohol stop drinking coffee drink lots of water sleep minimum 8hrs lite exercise see doctor for checkup 90 is way to high over long period
My heart rate went from the mid 40's to the mid 60's. When I told my doctor that my heart rate was in the mid 60's he was unconcerned until I told him it was normally in the mid 40's. He had me do a blood test and found out I was severely anemic. He sent me to the hospital for a blood infusion the following day. Know your resting heart rate..
My rest rate is 63.
Not a runner, or a regular exerciser, but take a statin for bp.
Lost 20 lbs by dropping wheat, grain, carbs, bread, pizza, pasta, etc, using wheat belly guides. No exercise, but walk alot.
Wheat belly has been an eye opener for me and anyone that follows or reads his books. Next is to drop the statin drug and add more frequent regularly scheduled walks to trim off midsection remaining fat.
Only 10 more lbs will do the trick. Im 5'4"
And 150 lbs now.
I deal with bad health anxiety. When I was younger my resting rate was high even though I've always been in fairly athletic and active. About 6 months ago I've gotten very healthy with my diet to the point of tracking blood panels, stool panels. Since then my rhr has dropped to mid 50s and I actually can feel as if my heart doesn't pound hard anymore. I used to actually feel it beat even at rest, while now it is extremely gentle and soft. Unfortunately I still have not conquered my health anxiety and now I worry about my rhr being too slow and my heart beating so gently.
I am 58 years old. I stay active by cycling in summer and indoor cycling and outdoor skiing in winter. In my 40's, my RHR was high 30's. Now my RHR is 41. I'm an athlete, but there's nothing elite about me.
I am in the same situation as you. My very low heart rate now at 40 has always been a concern to Dr's and nurses who check it. I have been on EKGs and other tests 3 times in my life for the same reason. No issue found. I workout but not anywhere near an athlete. I play pickup soccer and lift weights randomly.
My resting hr is around 65-80, but when I have hot flashes or night sweats from menopause, it goes up to over 100 if just sitting and 120-130 if doing any even very mild activity. Is this kind of fluctuation all over the place and palpitations so high with flashes a normal menopause symptom? I do plan to see a cardiologist because I also feel weak during those flashes. I am now on a LCHF diet which has helped with frequency of flashes, but still have he high hr and weakness when they do happen.Thanks.
I have the same problem, but the health clinic didn't know why I was having these problems. I had to be hospitalized once when my blood pressure dropped to 60/40 and my resting heart rate was 40. Since then I've been having trouble keeping it below 100, and I start getting really sick when it goes up around 120. Every month I seem to be doing slightly better. Let me know what you found out over time. Thanks!
One year ago my resting heart rate was usually in the 52 to 54 range. I started running. About 35 to 40 minutes of running, 4 days a week. Now after 1 year of running, my resting heart rate is usually 42 to 44. I know you said 50s is considered ideal, but I would assume that 40s is even better. The running really lowered my heart rate. It caused me to lose 20 pounds as well, from 165 to 145.
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