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Forum Name: Cardiology Symptoms

Question: Rapid Heart Rate When Exercising

 concerned friend - Mon Jul 09, 2007 9:36 pm

My female friend is 38 years old and exercies for 30-45 min per day 4 days/ week at a gym. When she does cardio exercises, her heart rate rapidly reaches 191 bpm. This has persisted since she first started working out about a year ago.

As far as I know, her heart rate is fine when not exercising. She does take several medicines- one for lactose intolerance and one for concentration. She is also under a lot of stress.

I am concerned for her. What tests should she have done? What might the caues be? Is this something that sounds like it needs treatment ASAP or can she wait until she has more free time?

Thanks so mcuh,

Concerned Friend
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Jul 09, 2007 10:22 pm

User avatar 191 is a bit faster than I would expect for an increased heart rate due to exercise. I would recommend she see her doctor. She may need an exercise stress test to monitor her heart rhythm during exercise to see what is going on. If everything looks ok there is probably very little to worry about. Better to be safe though.

The concentration medicine can also increase heart rate and may be exacerbating the increase in rate due to exercise.

Best wishes.
 concerned friend - Tue Jul 10, 2007 10:35 pm

Thanks so much Dr. Lowe. I will make sure that she gets this checked out.

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