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Pulse Rate
An_247517 posted:
I went to the doctor because I was getting overly tired and really just
not wanting to get out of the bed. I was also having pains on my left
side of my chest. I was told i have anxiety in which i was giving paxel
low chrolestrol and low vitamin D. I sent to a heart doctore and
he gave me meds for allergies since i have them bad and i had
bronchties it was two big streaks on both sides of lungs in xray.
Okay so for the quetions i went and had the stress test done the chemical, sonagram and walking on tread mill. For the tread mill
my target heartrate was 156 and i went 200. When done they
check my pulse and it was 108 the same as it was before i started anything. He gave me advair, a a presicipaiton for a navarlater machine sorry cant spell it breathing machine. But, no indication of what is wrong. My alleferiges are good now, i still though have pain
on left side. Legs hurt bad from the treadmill. Just concern on what it
could be and if the pusle not changing is something to be worried
about. Any thoughts please let me know. thanks
Oh, the doctor said when i breathe in i sound great but i dont breathe out like i should and yes i am a smoker. I dont need the suggestions
to quit smoking i already know and I am in the process. thanks
cardiostarusa1 responded:

......"and I am in the process"

Kudos on that.

"When done they check my pulse and it was 108 the same as it was before I started anything."

What is your typical resting heart/pulse rate?

Normal resting range heart rate (HR) is 60-100 beats per minute (BPM). Average resting HR in men is 72-78 BPM and in women is 78-84 BPM. Over 100 BPM is tachycardia (fast heartbeat). Under 60 BPM is bradycardia (slow heartbeat).

Heart rate, as well as blood pressure, should rise gradually/accordingly during activity/exercise/to the intensity of the activity/exercise.

Additionally, heart rate recovery (HRR) is very important. This is how fast the heart rate returns to normal (for the individual) after vigorous exercise/physical activity, with the first minute being the most critical or tell-tale. The heart rate should gradually and smoothly return to normal within several minutes. Blood pressure (BP) response after is naturally very important as well.

"I was getting overly tired"

Worth mentioning here, as reported, as applicable, there is a condition known as inappropriate sinus tachycardia (IST), in which an individual's resting heart rate is abnormally high (greater than 100 beats per minute) and their heart rate increases rapidly with minimal exertion. Possible symptoms include fatigue and exercise intolerance.

"I was also having pains on my left side of my chest/I still though have pain on left side."

Chest/thoracic area (right, left, upper, lower, center, side) pain, stationary or radiating elsewhere, with or without accompanying symptoms, has various causes, cardiac and non-cardiac, which includes, but is not limited to, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and psychological/psychogenic.

Additionally, of the various types/kinds of heart conditions, symptoms may/can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic) or even be silent.

Best of luck down the road of life.

Take care,


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