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    Should I be concerned?

    I participated in medical study yesterday regarding cardiovascular health. I was tested for my VO2max, heart rate during physical activity, and level of physical exertion. My VO2max in on par with pro athletes; made me very happy. I am able to push myself farther than any of the other test subjects, including handcycle racers. BUT my heart rate was a little weird. I was at 125bpm and then it rose to 175 within a shore amount of time and vice versa.

    Should I be concerned about my heart rate raising and dropping so fast?
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    The rate of increase is related to the amount of excretion and your physical condition. For example, if a runner does a hundred meter sprint, the rate will rise quite rapidly and that is quite normal. On the other hand, if someone walks a hundred meters and it rises rapid like that, it is likely due to poor shape. For someone your age, a maximum safe rate is probably somewhere around 185-190. Hope that helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
    The rate of increase is related to the amount of excretion and your physical condition. For example, if a runner does a hundred meter sprint, the rate will rise quite rapidly and that is quite normal. On the other hand, if someone walks a hundred meters and it rises rapid like that, it is likely due to poor shape. For someone your age, a maximum safe rate is probably somewhere around 185-190. Hope that helps
    That does help. I was concerned about the rate of increase and decrese in my heart rate.
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    If you are in good shape and your heart and lungs are working optimally, they respond quickly to the workload. If they keep up and meet the oxygen demand of the workload, you do not build up an oxygen deficit. That means your heart rate can drop down fast because there is no built up need. It is the out-of-shape people who huff and puff and have their heart running overtime after exerting themselves even briefly.
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    What is your resting heart rate?

    Athletes often have heart rates that drop back to normal very quickly after exercise.
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    Quickly rising HR during particular bouts of intense exercise and dropping quickly afterward is normal for well conditioned athletes...I wouldnt be concerned. Did the researchers seem disturbed at all by it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowman View Post
    Quickly rising HR during particular bouts of intense exercise and dropping quickly afterward is normal for well conditioned athletes...I wouldnt be concerned. Did the researchers seem disturbed at all by it?
    No not at all. The researcher was quite pleased and a sked if I could push harder. The odd thing is I beat a hand cycle racer on the hand cycle portion of the study. He was puzzled by this but not in a bad way. I'm going to competitive basketball. I was told by a few of the researchers to play a competitive sport. Thank you all for your input, I feel releived.
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    Quote Originally Posted by My395 View Post
    What is your resting heart rate?

    Athletes often have heart rates that drop back to normal very quickly after exercise.
    My resting hr was 125 before I began the first exercise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAbleChef View Post
    My resting hr was 125 before I began the first exercise.
    That is higher than normal. You should measure it yourself and see what it is when you having not been wheeling arond. Normal is in the range of 60-100 beats per minute. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-rate/AN01906
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    125bpm is high for resting... I am a physical therapist, and we don't exercise people if their heart rate is above 100 at rest. Did they record your BP as well? If your blood pressure is low, your HR will rise to compensate. Also, if your level of injury is above T6, it is sometimes difficult for your body to modulate your heart rate. Dehydration or infection could also raise your HR. I agree with My395 and would recommend measuring your HR when you first wake up, as well as when your are resting in your chair, just to see if it is regularly that high at rest.

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