Do you know what yours is? Do you know what it should be?
Neither did I. Until this weekend.
I was looking at my fitbit app on my phone and selected the Heart Rate panel and saw this.
My resting heart rate has dropped dramatically these last few days. basically that little peak there at 76 bpm was the day i had my last drink. Immediate panic set in. Has my stopping drinking affected my heart? Onto Google quickly
“For adults 18 and older, a normal resting heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats per minute (bpm), depending on the person’s physical condition and age.”
OK that’s fine I’m within the parameters. But is it good that it has come down.
A normal heart rate is 60-100 beats per minute.
That’s the old standard. Many doctors think it should be lower. About 50-70 beats per minute is ideal, says Suzanne Steinbaum, MD, director of women’s heart health at Lenox Hill Hospital.
Recent studies suggest a heart rate higher than 76 beats per minute when you’re resting may be linked to a higher risk of heart attack.
The better shape you’re in, the slower your heart rate will be when you’re not moving around. “It might be OK to have a resting heart rate of 80, but it doesn’t mean you’re healthy,” Steinbaum says.
OK so far so good.
If my heart rate is normal, my blood pressure is fine.
Sometimes your heart rate and your blood pressure go hand in hand. For example, when you exercise, or get angry or scared, they both go up.
But they’re not always linked. If your heart rate is normal, your blood pressure may not be. It could be too high or too low, and you may not realize it.
Even if your heart rate seems fine, get your blood pressure checked regularly.
OK this point is interesting. I have high blood pressure. It’s monitored yearly and I’m on daily meds for it. But my circumstances have changed so I’ve made an appointment with the doctor next week to go over my meds.
If my heart rate is slow, it means I have a weak heart.
Not necessarily. A slow heart rate can be a sign that you’re healthy and fit. An athlete’s heart muscle is in better shape, so it doesn’t have to work as hard to keep up a steady beat.
In general slow rates are only a problem if you also pass out, feel dizzy, are short of breath, or have chest pain. See your doctor if you have any of those symptoms.
Well I’m definitely not an athlete (not yet) but I have the doctor’s next week so I’ll ask the question then.