BP & Exercise

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
BP & Exercise
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Wed, 07-06-2011 - 10:15am

Maybe you all will know the answer here (or have some good guesses).

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 07-06-2011 - 2:42pm

This is a great question.






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Wed, 07-06-2011 - 8:05pm

That IS a great question, and I would love to know what her doctor tells her, as well.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 07-07-2011 - 7:01pm
I went to the doctor today and decided to ask her about this since I was there (note that she is an internist and not a cardiologist). She said that a good way to measure "strength" when you're on betas is to measure your resting heart rate. If it's getting lower, that means your heart is getting stronger. She was a bit more sketchy though about the rest of it. So, a bit more information... :)
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 07-07-2011 - 9:23pm

That would make sense, since it's true for the rest of us.






iVillage Member
Registered: 10-17-2010
Mon, 07-11-2011 - 1:53pm

Interesting point and question...

I would think that in the interest of maintaining homeostasis and just ensuring that things continue to function normally that the heart will develop a way to compensate for the decreased heart rate.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 07-11-2011 - 3:14pm

Interesting thought. It's like a very fit individual with a lower heart rate also gets a lot of cardiovascular benefits because the heart is more efficient. We need a cardiologist who specializes in fitness!