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Does high heart rate during exercise require a stress test?

By Anonymous March 1, 2011 - 2:29am
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I am 43, in fairly good shape, exercise regularly (3-4 times a week) and have noticed for many years that my heart rate gets to 160's-170's during moderate exercise on cardio machines. I don't have any symptoms other than some shortness of breath but it feels normal. I am wondering if I should have a stress test to make sure there is nothing unusual about my heart rate when it gets this high. I have spoken to a doctor about this and he didn't think it was necessary if I am not symptomatic.

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At 43 if you are averaging a maximum heart rate between 160-170 your're still within a normal range. Feeling a little out of breathe when performing moderate cardio is normal. What you need to look out for is if you start to feel out breathe too quickly-- then you may have to slow it down a bit. If you want to maintain a target heart rate of 90-153 beats per minute, then try taking the exercise a little slower with a decrease in resistance or pace-- depending on what you're doing.

Good Luck!

March 1, 2011 - 6:37am
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