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Resting Heart Rate
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posted 11/11/2011
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During this morning's colonoscopy, I kept setting off the low heart rate alarm in the recovery room. My resting heart rate was measured at 42 bpm. Not quite in Lance's class (32 bpm) or Miguel Indurian's (28 bpm), but it impressed the anesthesiologist and nurses.

Anyone else know theirs or had theirs measured? I'd be curious to see who has the lowest case of bradycardia on BJ.
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posted 11/11/2011
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I would wager the lowest cases would belong to those who are now deceased.

You probably meant 'among the living'.

Forrest

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Mine is about 38. I give blood every 8 weeks. United Blood Services will "disqualify" me if my HR is below 50. They think I'm sick or having other issues. This has happened twice. Since I know this, I now park about 1/4 mile from the entrance and run to the blood center. This gets my HR and BP high enough to not cause panic. Even doing this, it's still below "normal."

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Good thread.....

What accounts for one's "resting heart rate" to be low(er)?
Is it - the better shape you're in, the lower the resting heart rate?

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my resting rate at night has been in the 42-47 range -- though in my 30s when I was a regular runner it was down at 38.

I think part of the answer is that it is genetic, my dad and uncle also have low rates and they are not particularly active, part of it is being in shape -- mine is definitely lower when I've been consistently working out over several years, and the past few years I've been getting in 5,000-6000 miles/year on my bike, including 18 century rides/year, at least one each month. The few years when I wasn't biking/running it was probably in the upper 50s.

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Back when I was doing 120 mile rides to go have lunch with my friend in the nursing home my resting pulse was 42, but since the majority of my rides now are <10 miles (but lots of them) my rate is back up to about 50 or so, depending on if I have had my usual pot of coffee in the morning...

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I went to the hospital a few years back for chest pains and they measured my heart rate at 22 beats per minute. That got their attention. Turns out the chest pains were Pericarditis and not a heart attach or anything like that. My normal hr is right around 50 +/-

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I slept with my HR monitor on a couple of weeks ago and measured a low of 36 bpm. On the high end I can push 185.

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posted 11/11/2011
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I would wager the lowest cases would belong to those who are now deceased.

You probably meant 'among the living'.

Forrest
-- posted by woodog
Good one Forrest!

Reading that almost made me have tachycardia!

Good thread.....

What accounts for one's "resting heart rate" to be low(er)?
Is it - the better shape you're in, the lower the resting heart rate?
-- posted by Happy
Happy,

Generally the better your cardiovascular conditioning is the lower your resting heart rate may be. Well conditioned individuals tend to have hypertrophied cardiac muscles, which causes the heart to have a higher stroke volume and therefore requires fewer contractions to circulate the same volume of blood.

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Mine averages in the mid-50's, but I'm just happy to have it beat enough to keep me out of the obituaries.

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posted 11/11/2011
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Landed in the ER with "chest pains" and spent the night. Nurses got nervous because my HR was only 37. I kept setting off alarms at the nurses station. Normally it was around 42. The good news is I just had/have GERD. When I went for a nuclear stress test, the 37 was predominate again. I had to get the beat up to something like 85% of max which took some doing. They told me I did the test that a healthy 20 yr old would do. I was 62 at the time. Hey woodog, Happily, I'm among the living.
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