High Resting HR - cause for concern?

High Resting HR - cause for concern?

Post by dimitri » Tue, 24 Jun 2003 18:58:14


Hi,

I have checked the internet and groups with no real answer and i am
still a little worried.  I am a male, 30 year old of reasonable
fitness i.e. I can ride a bike 100km at around 30km/h avg speed, can
easilly run at a nice pace for over an hour, and can run 5km in 20
minutes.  I smoke about 5 cigarettes per day and eat well. I just
bought an HRM.

My resting heart rate is REALLY high (70 - 80bpm) ... at a recent bbq
a lot of my friends (all less fit than me) tested their HR and mine
was the highest!

My readings are as follows:

Resting rate is 70 - 80 bpm (not the 'wake-up' reading, just my normal
rate)
I can work out at 150 - 160 bpm for over 1/2 hour
I get back down to 110 bpm within a few minutes of strenuous exercise
I cannot stay over 180 bpm for very long (nausea / dizziness sets in)

Should I be worried or consult a doctor or is it 'genetic' for me to
have a higher HR?

Can I reduce my HR?

Finally, I weigh 80 kg and am 6 feet tall ... and have always been
active.

I do appreciate any insight or advice.

Dimitri

 
 
 

High Resting HR - cause for concern?

Post by Brad W » Tue, 24 Jun 2003 22:40:23

My first recommendation would be to stop smoking. Considering that
nicotine is a stimulant, its no surprise that you would experience an
elevated heart rate. Its not to say that you don't normally have a
higher heart rate, but do yourself a favor and dump the cancer sticks.

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High Resting HR - cause for concern?

Post by warre » Wed, 25 Jun 2003 00:18:37


Quote:

> Hi,

> I have checked the internet and groups with no real answer and i am
> still a little worried.  I am a male, 30 year old of reasonable
> fitness i.e. I can ride a bike 100km at around 30km/h avg speed, can
> easilly run at a nice pace for over an hour, and can run 5km in 20
> minutes.  I smoke about 5 cigarettes per day and eat well. I just
> bought an HRM.

> My resting heart rate is REALLY high (70 - 80bpm) ... at a recent bbq
> a lot of my friends (all less fit than me) tested their HR and mine
> was the highest!

> My readings are as follows:

> Resting rate is 70 - 80 bpm (not the 'wake-up' reading, just my normal
> rate)

That doesn't sound high to me. What is your "wake-up" reading?

-WG

 
 
 

High Resting HR - cause for concern?

Post by Rope » Wed, 25 Jun 2003 01:31:33

You resting sounds a little high, I would think that could be because of the
stimulant factor of the nicotine (much like if you drink a couple shots of
espresso then take your heart rate about an hour or so afterward).

I do think that only returning to 110 after a few minutes is a little high
also.  I have a pretty low resting (49) not insanely low by any means but
low enough that doctors look at me like I'm weird when my vitals are taken.
But If I go out and do intervals and my heart rate gets up to 190-194 after
2 minutes I am back below 100 (riding very very easy after the interval).

I would suggest you quit smoking,  I would say at 176lb and 72" you're
particularly heavy (for racing yeah, for general life, nah).

You can reduce your heart rate, quit smoking (make your cardio vascular
system healthier) will do pretty quickly, then just good consistent aerobic
work will help you out.

Hope that helps some,

Rope


Quote:
> Hi,

> I have checked the internet and groups with no real answer and i am
> still a little worried.  I am a male, 30 year old of reasonable
> fitness i.e. I can ride a bike 100km at around 30km/h avg speed, can
> easilly run at a nice pace for over an hour, and can run 5km in 20
> minutes.  I smoke about 5 cigarettes per day and eat well. I just
> bought an HRM.

> My resting heart rate is REALLY high (70 - 80bpm) ... at a recent bbq
> a lot of my friends (all less fit than me) tested their HR and mine
> was the highest!

> My readings are as follows:

> Resting rate is 70 - 80 bpm (not the 'wake-up' reading, just my normal
> rate)
> I can work out at 150 - 160 bpm for over 1/2 hour
> I get back down to 110 bpm within a few minutes of strenuous exercise
> I cannot stay over 180 bpm for very long (nausea / dizziness sets in)

> Should I be worried or consult a doctor or is it 'genetic' for me to
> have a higher HR?

> Can I reduce my HR?

> Finally, I weigh 80 kg and am 6 feet tall ... and have always been
> active.

> I do appreciate any insight or advice.

> Dimitri

 
 
 

High Resting HR - cause for concern?

Post by Mike Murra » Wed, 25 Jun 2003 02:26:18

" My resting heart rate is REALLY high (70 - 80bpm)"

Normal resting HR is 70-100.  Athletic individuals will commonly have a
physiologic bradycardia at rest, i.e. they will have a resting HR that is
less than normal, but not having a lower than normal resting HR is certainly
not any reason for concern.
--
Mike Murray MD

 
 
 

High Resting HR - cause for concern?

Post by Phil Holm » Wed, 25 Jun 2003 03:54:21

Quote:

> Hi,

> I have checked the internet and groups with no real answer and i am
> still a little worried.  I am a male, 30 year old of reasonable
> fitness i.e. I can ride a bike 100km at around 30km/h avg speed, can
> easilly run at a nice pace for over an hour, and can run 5km in 20
> minutes.  I smoke about 5 cigarettes per day and eat well. I just
> bought an HRM.

> My resting heart rate is REALLY high (70 - 80bpm) ... at a recent bbq
> a lot of my friends (all less fit than me) tested their HR and mine
> was the highest!

> My readings are as follows:

> Resting rate is 70 - 80 bpm (not the 'wake-up' reading, just my normal
> rate)
> I can work out at 150 - 160 bpm for over 1/2 hour
> I get back down to 110 bpm within a few minutes of strenuous exercise
> I cannot stay over 180 bpm for very long (nausea / dizziness sets in)

> Should I be worried or consult a doctor or is it 'genetic' for me to
> have a higher HR?

> Can I reduce my HR?

> Finally, I weigh 80 kg and am 6 feet tall ... and have always been
> active.

> I do appreciate any insight or advice.

Your resting HR is normal for the average *** but a little on the
high side for a very fit cyclist. Your ability to raise your HR to a
normal maximum is a good indication even though your recovery may be a
tad slow. Quitting smoking should help reduce more serious health
concerns.

I have a normal resting HR in the mid 40s but will undergo infrequent
episodes (5 in the last 20 years)of it dipping into the high 30s with
irregular beating. My latest episode was accompanied with my not being
able to raise my HR above 130 (Chronotropic Incompetence) versus my
normal max of 160.
After sitting in the doctors waiting room amid people who are really
sick, it comes as no surprise to be treated with less concern. Yes,
the doctor has signed me up for some tests to rule out any serious
heart problems and barring this, the prognosis for my Bradycardia
episodes doesn't warrant serious concern. Given the option of a pace
maker or a legal dose of caffeine, I'm in favor of the latter.

Phil Holman

 
 
 

High Resting HR - cause for concern?

Post by George Johns » Wed, 25 Jun 2003 04:43:14

Quote:
> My resting heart rate is REALLY high (70 - 80bpm)

That is not "REALLY high", or even high. Normal is 50-90, 70 is average.

George

 
 
 

High Resting HR - cause for concern?

Post by Tom Kunic » Wed, 25 Jun 2003 10:11:40

Mike Murray can give you a more comforting answer I think, but I
wonder how long you've been exercising. The fact that you can ride at
160 beats suggests to me that you are in pretty good physical shape.
That your heart rate drops only to 110 after a couple of minutes
bothers me but I would expect that to be normal for someone that is
just getting around to serious exercise.

You have to be careful when you're describing your fitness. Being able
to run 6.5 minute miles isn't good condition, it's youth and having no
apparent debilitating health problems. Riding a 18.5 mph average is
probably more an indication of some talent than of fitness.

If I were going to suggest anything to you I'd say that you should 1)
STOP SMOKING COMPLETELY - what are you, some kinda nut? 2) Take your
rest heart rate when you wake up in the morning not when it's 10-15
beats higher just standing around. 3) Don't worry about your fitness
if you are serious about your cycling. It will come with the
territory.

If you have just started working out and you don't have a history of
exercising I would suggest you find a local sports doctor to give you
a quick once over. Don't attack cycling as a series of personal goals
that must be met on a time table. Ride and have fun. Join a club and
ride with the rest of the guys that are your speed or a little faster.
Don't try to ride all the time with the guys who are a lot faster than
you. Straining to achieve results isn't going to work in 9 cases out
of 10. I would have said 10 out of 10 but I've seen quite a few
naturally talented individuals that respond to rapidly and easily to
training that I'm jealous as hell.


Quote:
> Hi,

> I have checked the internet and groups with no real answer and i am
> still a little worried.  I am a male, 30 year old of reasonable
> fitness i.e. I can ride a bike 100km at around 30km/h avg speed, can
> easilly run at a nice pace for over an hour, and can run 5km in 20
> minutes.  I smoke about 5 cigarettes per day and eat well. I just
> bought an HRM.

> My resting heart rate is REALLY high (70 - 80bpm) ... at a recent
bbq
> a lot of my friends (all less fit than me) tested their HR and mine
> was the highest!

> My readings are as follows:

> Resting rate is 70 - 80 bpm (not the 'wake-up' reading, just my
normal
> rate)
> I can work out at 150 - 160 bpm for over 1/2 hour
> I get back down to 110 bpm within a few minutes of strenuous
exercise
> I cannot stay over 180 bpm for very long (nausea / dizziness sets
in)

> Should I be worried or consult a doctor or is it 'genetic' for me to
> have a higher HR?

> Can I reduce my HR?

> Finally, I weigh 80 kg and am 6 feet tall ... and have always been
> active.

> I do appreciate any insight or advice.

> Dimitri

 
 
 

High Resting HR - cause for concern?

Post by Per Elms?te » Sat, 28 Jun 2003 06:48:44

When I quit smoking my average HR dropped more than 30 beats for almost
every training ride I did. I had never been below a HR of 150 ( HRmax is
185 ) on our clubrides. All of a sudden I was registering averages in the
mid 120's
My resting HR in the morning dropped about 10. From 55 to 45. My normal
walking and sitting around HR dropped about 10-20 beats.

Quit smoking you fool if you put any value into the time you spend training
and the results you get. I wore my HR monitor around the clock when I quit,
just to remind me of why.

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High Resting HR - cause for concern?

Post by i2amble » Wed, 16 Jul 2003 11:11:11




  > > : I have checked the internet and groups with no real answer and i am
  > > : still a little worried. I am a male, 30 year old of reasonable
  > > : fitness i.e. I can ride a bike 100km at around 30km/h avg speed, can
  > > : easilly run at a nice pace for over an hour, and can run 5km in 20
  > > : minutes. I smoke about 5 cigarettes per day and eat well. I just
  > > : bought an HRM.
  > >
  > > You sound a bit like me... wish I was that fast on the bike. I never
  > > smoked though, been vegetarian for ~15 years, but I indulge
  > >
  > > : Resting rate is 70 - 80 bpm (not the 'wake-up' reading, just my
  > > : normal rate) I can work out at 150 - 160 bpm for over 1/2 hour I get
  > > : back down to 110 bpm within a few minutes of strenuous exercise I
  > > : cannot stay over 180 bpm for very long (nausea / dizziness sets in)
  > >
  > > That sounds pretty close to my readings. My max is 200, a bit high,
  > > certainly within normal and prolly caused by genetics. My morning rate
  > > in bed can be as low as 47 beats, seems I can now work out at 160 for
  > > 1.5 hours and at 150 for many more hours... Like you, my recovery is
  > > maybe not very rapid...
  > >
  > > I had some medical data gathered regarding my heart, and it indicated
  > > my heart is healthy...
  > >
  > > : Should I be worried or consult a doctor or is it 'genetic' for me to
  > > : have a higher HR?
  > >
  > > I see no reason to worry in this. If your HRM has beat-to-beat
  > > recording, you could get a graph where you can see any missing beats
  > > or extra beats in your pulse as peaks or dips. If you'd get that
  > > stuff, and it's obviously not caused by technical factors, then I'd
  > > see a doctor... but I don't think it's likely for you.
  > First, I'd get a true rest reading, the "first in the morning"
  > kinda thing.
  > Second, your rest rate is your rest rate. Whatever it is, it can usually
  > be trained downward, and 70-80 bpm is high for someone as fit as
  > yourself (after a year on the bike my rest HR has dropped from the low
  > 70s to the mid 50s), but that may not mean much.
  > Third, could you be overtraining? A high rest heart rate is the
  > classic sign of overtraining, and could be exactly what is causing
  > these symptoms.
  > I'm not a doctor, see yours for a checkup, etc. etc....
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First of all, you checked your heart rate at a BBQ, where you are
walking around ,talking, and possibly drinking. If I am walking around
and bsing my heart rate is at 80 also.. If I sit down and relax for 10
minutes and take it, its down to 58..

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