Originally Posted by sico
Bradicardia is a HB below 50. Could cause blood clots to form in older people. Good HB for his age is about 75-80.
At rest? I have to respectfully disagree. However, none of us are doctors. He should consult his physician, who would also know his risk for clots, etc. It's all individual and I don't think that making generalizations based on age is the way to do it. It should be more about his current physical condition and overall health than his age, as some seniors become sedentary and some stay quite active and how they are treated as a patient should reflect that as opposed to just treating all people of a certain age the same. As an example, a co-worker of mine is 65 and his resting heart rate is between 48 and 52. He works out a few times a week. My Dad, who is 78, has a resting heart rate in the 50's. He also works out at the gym a few times a week. I am certain both of them would disagree that an optimum resting heart rate should be over 70.