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O'Grady's Heart problems(10 posts)

O'Grady's Heart problemsColnagoFE
Jul 10, 2002 5:50 AM
Anyone heard of spontaneous heart rate increases before? I know if my heart rate was unexpectedly at 235 for an hour I'd want to go to the hospital--not continue to ride. I don't even think I could get to 235 by trying. Musta been pretty scary to ride feeling like that.
re: A friend of mine has something like itcyclejim
Jul 10, 2002 6:07 AM
Her heart rate shoots up to enormous levels spontaneously but it not brought about by exercise. It hits the high 200s. She has to be injected with a drug which actually stops her heart for a moment and then stablizes it back to a normal level at the hospital. Not nice.
re: O'Grady's Heart problemsvelocity
Jul 10, 2002 6:09 AM
How did he manage to finish 10th?
his team pushed him for quite a waysColnagoFE
Jul 10, 2002 6:37 AM
i'm surprised nobody protested.
his team pushed him for quite a waysvelocity
Jul 10, 2002 7:14 AM
Yeah I saw that. Is it legal?

Still it's amazing to me that he even finished never mind where he placed.

Credit Agricole has sure had more than its share of problems so far. Stuey's cool, I hope he's okay.
not legal, but i guess the refs turned a blind eye (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 10, 2002 9:38 AM
I was within a heartbeat of my theoretical max.RoyGBiv
Jul 10, 2002 7:39 AM
By rule of thumb - 220 minus age - my maximum heart rate should be 170 beats a minute. Going up a hill on the weekend, the HRM registered 169 bpm. Thought I was going to faint - not from the exertion but from the thought of my ticker exploding.
I can't even conceive of a heart going at 230 beats a minute. I hope Mr. O'Grady gets over this.
Don't fret...Wayne
Jul 10, 2002 7:49 AM
that theoretical heartrate is notoriously inaccurate and may not be very close to actual max at all. Max HR also varies widely between individuals so your 190 could be the same as someone elses 220 as a percentage of their max. On the other hand if you know your true max is 190 and your hearts going along at 230, then you got a problem!
Greg Welchloop
Jul 10, 2002 7:56 AM
He had a similar medical condition (can't remember the name) that caused his heart rate to shoot up to scary levels. It forced his retirement from triathlon and he recently had surgery for it.

In fact, in his last IM Hawaii, he had to sideline part-way through the swim with the lifegaurds waiting for his HR to come down. ...And he still placed in the top 20.
re: O'Grady's Heart problemsCHRoadie
Jul 10, 2002 12:55 PM
Sounds like he had a bout of exercise induced cardiac arythmia. It's fairly common, although his case sounded pretty serious. Every once in a while my heart rate will shoot up to around 210 (usually after a hard exertion, when it should be dropping back down), but for me it usually goes away after a minute or so. Kind of scary, but from everything I've read, it's not too dangerous.