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Is a 75 to 80 resting heart rate Normal?

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Old 02-10-2005, 02:54 AM   #1
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Is a 75 to 80 resting heart rate Normal?

My doctor keeps wanting me to get it lower but you can only do so much cardio and the weight will only come off at a certain rate. The beta blockers seemed to have stalled out at getting it any lower, so what should I do...

I think my doctor needs to mellow out for a few months until I lose some more weight...

What do you guys think?

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Old 02-10-2005, 04:23 AM   #2
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Re: Is a 75 to 80 resting heart rate Normal?

I personally don't think 75 or 80 is a high rate. I did a search on resting heart rate and it said for normal ppl that is ok, active ppl would be lower.

My rate runs from high 60's to mid80's normally. I have gone higher than that when i was ill. I heard an article that said rates over 85 would be a concern and 90 ish would be a great concern.

Old 02-10-2005, 07:57 AM   #3
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Re: Is a 75 to 80 resting heart rate Normal?

You don't say what your age is. If you are younger or female your heart rate will be faster.

I found this on a fitness webpage:
Normal resting heart rates ranges anywhere from 40 beats per minute up to 100 beats per minute. Ideally you want to be between 60-90 beats per minute, with the average resting heart rate for a man being 70 beats per minute, and for a woman 75 beats per minute.

And I found this one from a university website:
Resting heart rate averages 60 to 80 beats per minute. In middle-aged, unconditioned, sedentary individuals the resting rate can exceed 100 beats per minute. In highly conditioned endurance-trained athletes, such as Olympic cross-country skiers, resting rates in the range of 28 to 40 beats per minute have been reported. Your resting heart rate typically de-creases with age. It is also affected by environmental factors; for example, it increases with extremes in temperature and altitude.

And from another website:
. Resting heart rate is very much genetic. Pro tennis player, Bjorn Borg had a resting heart rate of 35 beats per minute. Borg was in fabulous shape. But Olympic track star Jim Ryan, also in great shape, had a resting heart rate of 75 beats per minute.

So I don't think you should be concerned. Follow your doctor's advise to mellow out for a while.

Old 02-10-2005, 11:16 AM   #4
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Re: Is a 75 to 80 resting heart rate Normal?


Lower is usually better but yours is perfectly ok. I certainly wouldn't medicate it down any farther. An artificial low isn't a sign of heath.

Old 02-10-2005, 11:51 AM   #5
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Re: Is a 75 to 80 resting heart rate Normal?

My G/F is 24 & has a resting heart rate in the low 90's a lot. Her B/P is normal at all of her doctor's visits. She feels fine with it at that level. She smokes like me, but anything from 60-100 is considered normal. When mine gets in the low 50's I feel dizzy, tired & out of it.

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