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heart rate(5 posts)

heart ratewalkott
Sep 14, 2002 4:04 PM
I'm a 69 year old geezer who likes to putter around on his hybrid. I ride 3 times a week from 15 to 30 miles and average about 14mph. I also workout in the gym 3 days a week.
Went for my physical this week and everything looked pretty good except for my resting heart rate. It used to be 50 bpm now its 42 bpm. I feel fine, no faintness or dizziness. The doctor(the same one who told me to get more exercise) feels that the resting heart rate is to low for someone my age.
I think I'm just in good shape for someone my age.
Any ideas or comments on this?
good shape (nm)wilsonc
Sep 14, 2002 4:39 PM
re: good shapetao
Sep 14, 2002 5:52 PM
I'm no healthologist, that said, but Bradycardia is usually caused by either having a high stroke volume achieved through endurance exercise or by some form of disease (usually heart or thyroid). Last year my doc thought my resting of 38 was low, I told him I ride 14 - 18 hours a week but he wasn't buying, I'm 28. So I had an EKG and tilt table test to rule out any problems and lighten my pocketbook. If your doc's concerned he should order these tests or something similiar I would think to rule out any malfunction.
re: good shapeQubeley
Sep 15, 2002 8:47 AM
I am 24 and my lowest HR observed was 36. Highest 195?
My grandpa die at 95 and my grandma is 99/100 now. My father who is not even close to a doctor told me the slow HR is why we live long, it's in the gene...
I have a question: does one's resting HR go up or down as one becomes older?
not a doctor but ex physiologist for 10+ years..VO2_max
Sep 15, 2002 6:10 PM
Walkott-

-agree with other poster - low 40's resting heart for 69 year old is unusual, but not if you only went from 50's to 42. - however, if you are not experiencing any symptoms and exert yourself the way you say you do - I would ask Doc - what is it exactly he is concerned about? Your heart is pumping so effeciently it only has to beat 40 times a minute to meet your body's needs? Again, I am NOT an MD so simply MHO but the neat thing about the heart is if its not doing its job - you get symptoms like lightheadedness - Hypotension, etc.

After you ask him let us all know here (if its not oo personal) because now I am real curious

-Nik