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a311

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I went for a medical at work recently and part of it is jumping on a bike while being hooked up to a heart rate monitor. According to the nurse I was borderline for having a high resting heart rate and will go back in a couple of weeks although I passed.

My first thought was do I have a dodgy heart? Then after a Google it would appear my resting rate recorded as 75 bpm at the time is within the normal range? I bought myself a heart rate monitor to use when I’m out running and before I start off it’s anywhere between 75-90 while my OH who is 5’1” and 7 stone wet through has a resting rate of 55 bpm. I’m 6’4” and although I realise I carry a bit of weight over the ideal (I’m 17st currently but normally hover around16.5) I class myself as being reasonably fit. I run allot, minimum of 20 miles per week and train to around 10k and take part in events, also training for a half marathon in October. I had taken off around 5 weeks due to injury but now I’m 4 weeks back into the training it hasn’t made any difference to my resting heart rate. Over 6 miles I can average about 8 min miles when at my peak but at around 9 min miles at the moment as I’m rebuilding fitness.

So is this one of these tests that doesn’t really take account of other factors or am I just fat and unfit? If you’re on the larger side I expect you need more oxygen so heart has to work harder, but is heart size relative to the size of the rest of you?

944fan

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Resting heart rate should be taken first thing in the morning after waking up. It is bound to be higher during the day when you are moving around.

Try testing it in the morning before you get out of bed.

a311

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944fan said:
Resting heart rate should be taken first thing in the morning after waking up. It is bound to be higher during the day when you are moving around.

Try testing it in the morning before you get out of bed.
Thanks for the reply, and this was part of my argument with the nurse and doesn’t seem to be factored in having the medical in the latter part of the working day, having a couple of coffees before hand won’t help much either I suspect.

ewenm

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a311 said:
Thanks for the reply, and this was part of my argument with the nurse and doesn’t seem to be factored in having the medical in the latter part of the working day, having a couple of coffees before hand won’t help much either I suspect.
Coffee will raise it, as could white-coat-reaction (I get this paperbag) where your HR and BP are elevated due to nervousness around docs etc.

a311

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ewenm said:
a311 said:
Thanks for the reply, and this was part of my argument with the nurse and doesn’t seem to be factored in having the medical in the latter part of the working day, having a couple of coffees before hand won’t help much either I suspect.
Coffee will raise it, as could white-coat-reaction (I get this paperbag) where your HR and BP are elevated due to nervousness around docs etc.
When I go back this is what I'm worried about as I expect it will be elevated due to very reason.

Anyone else know there's so I can compare?

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ewenm

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Mine's not much use to you - 6ft, 11stone, competitive runner - RHR of just under 50 at the moment, but I've seen 38bpm when properly race fit.

a311

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ewenm said:
Mine's not much use to you - 6ft, 11stone, competitive runner - RHR of just under 50 at the moment, but I've seen 38bpm when properly race fit.
Def not! It's not something I've ever paid attention to, more concerned with blood pressure which is is fine.

MocMocaMoc

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ewenm said:
Mine's not much use to you - 6ft, 11stone, competitive runner - RHR of just under 50 at the moment, but I've seen 38bpm when properly race fit.
Ha, 5'11 - 170lbs and just under 50bpm.

See you on the race track, lad ; )

goldblum

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There's an 'anticipatory' rise in hr that is caused by the release of adrenaline.Happens about 5 mins before you start to exercise,and it happens to everyone.

It's a similar thing with 'white coat syndrome'.As others have said,take your rhr upon waking.

Out of interest what did they measure whilst you were on the stationary bike?

ewenm

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MocMocaMoc said:
Ha, 5'11 - 170lbs and just under 50bpm.

See you on the race track, lad ; )
Do you race? Excellent! Come and join us on The Running Thread if you haven't already. thumbup

missdiane

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136 months

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55 sounds low and 75 sounds normal, so I wouldn't be too worried, mine is about 80


dave_s13

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I'm similar size to the OP but a couple of stone lighter, mine is low 50's and can dip under 50 if I'm properly chilled out.

You only need to panic when your HR is either stupidly high, you are getting symptoms or it drops to zero.

944fan

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a311 said:
When I go back this is what I'm worried about as I expect it will be elevated due to very reason.

Anyone else know there's so I can compare?
I'm 6'5'', 17st13, 32 years, running 15K per week plus 2 x weight lifting sessions. RHR is about 58.

This is PH so it is an obvious question, but was the nurse doing the assessment tasty? That will get the old ticker going (among other things).


Edited by 944fan on Friday 24th August 13:39

944fan

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missdiane said:
55 sounds low and 75 sounds normal, so I wouldn't be too worried, mine is about 80
Men's RHR are lower than Women's. Depending on the OP's age, 75 is average to below average.

Just to make you all feel inadequate Miguel Indurian's was 28!

LordGrover

22,846 posts

99 months

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50 years old, 90 kgs, 187cm - c. 50 bpm.


Simonium

273 posts

39 months

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I trust the "gl" refers to glasses of wine rather than gallons?

missdiane

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Grover: how do you get the stress level bit of the app up there? I only get heart rate, or fid I go for the paupers version...

LordGrover

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It's an app called stress check by Azumio Inc.
Not too sure as to its validity but it's a bit of fun.

T40ORA

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106 months

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52 years old, 71kg, RHR about 50 - taken just now.

jagracer

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a311 said:
When I go back this is what I'm worried about as I expect it will be elevated due to very reason.

Anyone else know there's so I can compare?
72bpm at the moment but that's quite low for me, it'll be around 80-90 if I start moving around. 55 years old, 89kg, 5foot 10in.
What significance is the medical to your job?

Edited by jagracer on Saturday 25th August 15:44

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