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Heart rate stays at 160 after exercise
khaleesi12 posted:
Okay so I was working out today at the gym. I usually do this at least once a week. Today however I was cycling, got my heart rate up to 165 and then decided to cool down. However my heart rate only went up - it went to 180 with me pedalling very slowly. So I got off the bike and rested, it was at 160 for half an hour. This has never happened before. I didn't have any symptoms apart from a few palpitations which I usually get anyway.

I'm currently waiting for the results from a 24hr ECG after having some chest pain at rest (suspected anxiety though).

What do you think this was? Anyone else experienced the same?
cardiostarusa1 responded:

......"it was at 160 for half an hour. This has never happened before."

"What do you think this was?"

One can only guess or speculate here.

Worth mentioning though, sometimes, as applicable to the individual, exercise can trigger off an arrhythmia (exercise-induced arrhythmia, EIA), keeping the heart rate elevated (or erratic) for a while.

For those unfamiliar, 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.

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.

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