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9/2/19 12:49 A

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Completely off statins now. I graduated from cardiac rehab, and now go there as a self paying member. Best thing ever. Glenn

Dennis, Could be you are lucky you had such a workup done. Nobody really plans on being a heart patient. Glenn


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6/4/19 9:47 A

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My family doctor / general practitioner always told me I had a strong heart for years and years.
Well, not so much I guess. When we retired and moved to Tucson we assembled our health care team. I started with my DIL/BIL's GP. He administered a full work up and physical. During the EKG I had an episode of A-Fib. So, a cardiologist was scheduled the very next day. Over the course of almost two years he did a full cardiovascular work up. II wore a heart monitor for several weeks, had a stress test and then a nuclear stress test, ultrasound of the heart, carotid arteries, aorta, aorta arch in the legs and femoral arteries. Most went well, however they found an aneurysm of the abdominal aorta that will require a stint in a couple of years so now I am seeing a cardiovascular surgeon to monitor the aneurysm. I take blood pressure and cholesterol meds along with a blood thinner (Eliqtuis). I don't like my situation, but am thankful that the docs found it in time to deal with it safely.

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4/28/19 2:29 A

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Since this post was active 5 years ago, I have had open heart surgery and a heart attack. I started aa very personally catered cardiac rehab program 3 months ago, and really seem to have taken to it, improving my cardio and strength, and resulting in lower blood pressure. Also, a month ago wen to a pescatarian diet. The cardiologist I see will be checking my lipid profile next week to see if he can lower my statins.

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WRITEMANN1's Photo WRITEMANN1 Posts: 12,143
8/19/14 7:58 A

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My cardiologist has me come in twice a year for a 'Total Stress Level Fitness Exam' (that's how its listed on my bill). It takes almost 90 minutes to complete. Easy, it ain't!
Treadmill jogging at 7-12 degree incline, stairsteppers, either push-up's or burpee's, stationary bike, etc.
So far, so good.

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WEARINGTHIN's Photo WEARINGTHIN Posts: 10,671
8/19/14 1:38 A

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Mine is now in the lower to upper 70's. I think it did improve once I started working out three days per week.

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LAZY_DAVE Posts: 21
12/9/13 9:24 P

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Not to make everyone feel bad but I have a friend that's a "real" runner that can do sub 5 min miles and her resting HR is in the 40's. I don't even talk to her about my so-called running, too embarrassing, lol.

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12/9/13 3:38 P

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I see this is an old thread that was recently bumped but I'll throw in my 2 cents. I agree whole heartedly with the comments about getting a stress test. It can really help set your mind at ease. I never paid much attention to my hr but I am prone to panic attacks. I almost lost a close friend to a heart attack so I would be overly sensitive to perceived anomalies. When I thought I was having some irregular heart issues I finally went to get it checked out. My gp is also a sports medicine specialist and a med school preceptor. When he ran my stress test he had a med student with him and they spent a lot of time going over all the features of my results which was very informative and also great relief. I'm now more aware of my hr when I work out and it is amazing the difference my fitness level has on my hr. When I was running regularly and had my weight down to my goal range my resting hr was down into the 60s. Of course, then I started panicking thinking it was too low :-).

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LAZY_DAVE Posts: 21
12/8/13 7:47 A

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Hi,
Mine used to be fairly high like that also even though I'm not overweight and never have been. I've been running regularly now for six months and have seen a definite improvement, but it's been slow in coming. But now I think that's normal given age and history of not doing a heck of a lot of cardio.

So I recommend just sticking with a not too taxing cardio routine and increasing the time/length slowly. I've been doing the C25K program and also Jeff Gallaway has a good method of run/walk if you plan on running. Just stick with it, don't miss days, and you'll see improvement after a few months.

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2/10/13 10:25 A

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ME: age 61, overweight, not very sedentary, do my own cooking(got to know exactly what I'm eating), didn't listen to my doc, now on heart and bp meds for the rest of my life. Get you self into a specialist, not a gp.

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2/6/13 11:24 A

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When I talked with my cardiologist he stressed to ease into exercise. Don,t start out by trying to match others. I tend to go overboard on things and he knows that.

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HEALTHIERKEN's Photo HEALTHIERKEN Posts: 5,886
2/6/13 10:45 A

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Age: 60; weight: an issue; heart rate: above normal.

Statistically, these are danger signals. Only a medical professional can give you sound advice about this. Please.

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GERRYCHESTER's Photo GERRYCHESTER SparkPoints: (1,405)
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2/6/13 8:15 A

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I have noticed that my resting HR goes up during the day,
When I first get up its around 80, which I guess is not too bad.
From Midday on, however, its usually around 100.
I know caffeine can raise your HR a few points and I do have a few cups in the morning,
I'm thinking I should try to switch to decaf for awhile and see if it has any affect.

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2/6/13 7:06 A

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Good advice!!

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HEALTHIERKEN's Photo HEALTHIERKEN Posts: 5,886
2/5/13 10:50 P

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Gerry, these are good questions and I think it's best you talk the whole thing over with your doc. SparkPeople stresses that folks should *always* check with their doc before starting a rigourous exercise program and that goes double for us Guys of a Certain Age ; ) and us guys whose HR is outside the normal range any time. Put your heart at ease and have a check-up.
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2/5/13 8:52 P

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Gerry, how are you measuring your resting heart rate? Is it first thing in the morning before you get out of bed, at your doctor's office or some other way? I had my heart checked this past summer with a stress test, EKG and Echo Cardio gram. I felt much better knowing my heart was okay. Maybe similar tests could be of value to you.



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Hi everyone.

I'm new to Spark and am very excited about its possiblilties.
I'm 60 years old and I've got a 40 year history of gaining and losing weight (20lbs or more) which I know isn't very good. When I get fed up (no pun intended) I am usually pretty successful in getting the weight off through diet and walking.

I've been doing more aerobic activities lately with a heart monitor and am concerned about my heart rate recovery and my resting pulse, While my max HR is about 10 points higher than "normal' for my age (170 vs 160), my resting pulse is also pretty high (around 100).

I noticed that when I push the HR up to 90% or more of max, and then ease off, it takes quite a while for my HR to come down. Sometimes it even goes up an additional point in the first few seconds. I've just been doing some research and discovered that this is NOT a good thing, and is in fact one of the predictors for heart disease.

Has anyone had similar issues and does anyone know of a specific training plan to help improve this risk factor?

Thanks.


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