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Beta Blockers and Heart Rate Monitors(9 posts)

Beta Blockers and Heart Rate Monitorsjwhite480
Jan 8, 2003 4:03 PM
The Dr has me on beta blockers (Toprol) which keeps my heart rate down. Does it make any sense to train with a heart rate monitor? Should I just be training at a lower level?
re: Beta Blockers and Heart Rate Monitorsmja
Jan 8, 2003 4:37 PM
Everyone has different LT and max heart rates, regardless of what medications they may or may not be on. Does not the heart-rate monitor, along with perceived exertion, allow you to personalize workouts to your own particular physical reponses?
re: Beta Blockers and Heart Rate Monitorsjwhite480
Jan 9, 2003 5:55 AM
Sure it does, but what I have been doing is going without the meds for a few days to develop a feel for level of activity vs heart rate and then trying to duplicate that level while on the meds. Find that the activity that requires a hr of 140 while not on meds only gets about 120 when on meds and I get tired a lot quicker. Thinking that working out at 125-130 is where I want to be, but just not sure.
re: Beta Blockers and Heart Rate Monitorsamflyer
Jan 8, 2003 8:04 PM
Depending somewhat on the reason that you are taking the Beta-blockers, I would strongly recommend that you discuss this very thing with your cardiologist or MD. She or he could give you some good guidelines, and maybe even get specific about numbers if they have some test results.

re: Beta Blockers and Heart Rate Monitorsjwhite480
Jan 9, 2003 5:56 AM
Tried that, but get comments like "be careful" and "workout at a lower level" but no feel for how to map where I want to be from a cardio perspective to a workout level.
dependsJS Haiku Shop
Jan 9, 2003 5:48 AM
depends on the dosage. doc assured me yesterday that my dosage of beta blocker (anti-migraine regimen in conjunction with other drugs) is low enough to only affect heart rate 1-2 bpm.

second other posters' advice: check with your doc. might want to consider a sports-specific doc, though. others are likely to say what my primary says: "there's a 350-pound guy in the next room with breathing problems and chest pains. you're in fine shape. you don't need a fitness test. only olympic athletes train by heart rate."

Jan 9, 2003 5:58 AM
We must have the same doc!
are you taking anything else for same reason? nmJS Haiku Shop
Jan 9, 2003 6:19 AM
re: Beta Blockers and Heart Rate MonitorsTraveller
Jan 9, 2003 7:48 PM
I am currently on a beta blocker and number of other heart medication (had a heart attack at age 37). I work-out very rigoursly, however, a Physical therapist in consultation with my cardiologist has given me a range of heart rate within which to work. The range also changes when you are in a good shape. If your doc is not willing to give you a range (you should insist on it, then you need to listen to your body. It seems pretty corny, however, I have found that I can pretty much tell when I have reached my max during workouts just by my body reaction.