So I just got my results for my heart monitor in the mail and was wondering if anyone had any insight about what they mean? Please note that my PCP has told me that my heart rate should be approximately 55 to 63 beats per minute due to my long term battle with anorexia and bulimia.
This test was a 48 hour test.
Heart Rate Data:
Total beats: 250,188
Min. HR: 48 bpm at 10:25:14 am
Avg bpm: 88 bpm
Max HR: 164 bpm at 1:34:05 pm
I am not an expert on reading these things but it looks like in general your results are pretty normal. There was a time when your heart rate was a bit high at 164 at 1:30 in the afternoon. Do you know what you were doing at that time, were you exerting yourself? Even it you aren't a big eater do you try to stay hydrated? Depriving your body of food and water will cause the heart to act a bit erratic. What other symptoms do you have or what prompted you to have the monitor in the first place. But in general besides for a bit higher than normal beat the rest of the results didn't look too concerning though again I am not an expert in these things. What did your doctor say about the results? You should probably discuss these results and any troubling symptoms you have with your doctor to see if further steps need to be taken or if lifestyle changes can help you. Take care.
I don't really exercise often and I made a point not to during the time of having my heart monitor. I do not generally stay too hydrated, though I have been doing my best to recently.
My other symptoms were that when I stood my heart rate would jump up by approximately 40 to 50 beats per minute. (I have a blood pressure machine that my doctor recommended that I get to monitor my heart rate) and I get very dizzy and my vision goes black. My blood pressure also drops. According to my doctor, my heart rate should be in the mid-50s to the low 60s and during my physical it was in the high 60s. That's when she told me to check my heart rate often.
Thank you for your reply. I will be calling my doctor on Monday (they mixed up which doctor to send my results to, though they are in the same office)
I actually get that as well, where things go black and I almost pass out when I stand too fast. It is called positional orthostatic presyncope. It is a sign that your blood pressure is not changing fast enough with the sudden change in position. It usually happens to people who tend towards lower blood pressure in general. Staying hydrated and actually taking in a bit more sodium if you do have low bp helps. I will say though I am a bit mystified that the doctor was concerned about a heart rate in the 60s. That is actually pretty spot on. 50s is actually considered low. Normal heart rate is considered 60-100. Under is considered bradycardia and over is considered tachycardia though if a person tolerates a faster or slower rate well then the doctors usually don't worry so much. My heart rate has always been averaging in the 80s - 90s while awake and the 60s - 70s while asleep. I guess I don't understand why there is such an emphasis on a slow heart rate with your conditions. Are you on meds that are supposed to lower your heart rate? I would actually think if your heart was in duress due to the anorexia/bulimia it would be super elevated not slightly. Well again I do not understand your conditions so please follow your doctors advice and guidance. Take care.
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