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Rapid heart rate after exercise
johnd410 posted:

Just like the title says. I am curious to know is it normal to have an accelerated heart beat after an exercise? Lately ive been noticing that my HBPM after a workout is alot higher than my resting heart rate. For example. My resting heart rate is about 60 Bpm. During a workout it will go high around 180 and then come down to about 80-90, and stay there for a few hours and may take till the next day when I wake up to go back to ~60. Is this normal? Should I be worried? I am a 22 y/o male that works out about 2-3 times a week and would consider myself to be in decent shape. Maybe I should work on some more cardio exercising? Thanks in advance!

CardiostarUSA1 responded:

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"And then come down to about 80-90, and stay there for a few hours and may take till the next day when I wake up to go back to ~60. Is this normal?"


The basics, heart/pulse rate (as well as blood pressure) should rise gradually/smoothly during vigorous exercise, and fall gradually/smoothly when one has stopped exercising.

Heart rate recovery (HRR) is also very important. HRR 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 response after is naturally very important as well.

"Should I be worried?"

Yes, of course.

Of the various kinds of heart conditions, some which may/can occur at ANY AGE, symptoms/problems/abnormalities may/can be revealed/occur only during physical activity, or at rest and activity.

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.

ALWAYS be proactive in your health care and treatment. Most important, communicate/interact well with your doctor(s). Best of luck down the road of life. Live long and prosper.

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James_Beckerman_MD responded:
Heart rate recovery refers to the idea that a prompt return to a baseline resting heart rate after exercise is associated with higher levels of fitness and perhaps better cardiovascular health. Given that you are in good shape and exercise well (presumably without symptomatic limitations), I would not be very concerned about your observations. Also keep in mind that if you really wanted to take a more scientific look at it, you could have your doctor check a 24 hour Holter monitor which would assess your heart rate and rhythm for a full day - you could better identify trends that way as compared to your own observations, which can also influence results (you might actually cause your heart rate to increase by the very fact of checking it!).
dwardy responded:
Hello John, I am 35yo and have experince the same EXACT problem.. I have seen cardiogist and etc.... Email me at donald_wardy@comcast dot net to discuss... My cardiogist does not seem concerens and just says I am out of shape.. WHen i wake up my resting pulse is 60, then in a few hours it is 75.... I exercise and it is 160-180, then it will decrease to the 80-90's and stay there..

I would like to chat some more.. email me, take care Don
dwardy123 responded:
Did u ever get a follow up on this?? I have some info on this feel free to email me

thanks D.

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