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Old 08-08-2012, 09:16   #1
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Is a 78 resting heart rate good?

I've read sites that tell me it is, and some that tell me it isn't so good. It seems decent on the charts for someone in their 20s like me. I'm not athletic, so I'm guessing 78 is normal or "good enough." I would imagine someone in shape would have a better rate.

Blood pressure is 112/68, which I think is good.

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Is a 78 resting heart rate good?

I've read sites that tell me it is, and some that tell me it isn't so good. It seems decent on the charts for someone in their 20s like me. I'm not athletic, so I'm guessing 78 is normal or "good enough." I would imagine someone in shape would have a better rate.

Blood pressure is 112/68, which I think is good.
Generally your blood pressure should be below 120/80 although both numbers are fairly flexible. So your BP is fine.

On heart rate, I don't think there's a lot to worry about at 78. Mine generally is about 70 but I've had a few extra years to let it settle down. As you say, an athelete would have a lower resting figure, but so what? The test of cardio vascular fitness is really what happens when you push it? How high does it go and how quickly does it recover? Here, you do need your doctor's guidance before you push yourself too hard.

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I think that it depends on who you talk to. For long distance runners they used to want people with a resting heart rate in the 60's. Some seemed to feel that if your heart rate is over 80 you are almost dead . When I was about 30yo my pulse was 84 when not smoking and 94 when smoking, today my heart rate was 76 and smoking makes no difference which is bad because it may be a sign of autonomic neuropathy.

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Is a 78 resting heart rate good?

I've read sites that tell me it is, and some that tell me it isn't so good. It seems decent on the charts for someone in their 20s like me. I'm not athletic, so I'm guessing 78 is normal or "good enough." I would imagine someone in shape would have a better rate.

Blood pressure is 112/68, which I think is good.
What are you calling a "resting" heart rate?

If you mean the heart rate they take at the doctors office moments after you sit down, then 78 is ok (not great, not bad)

If by resting you mean measured first thing in the morning before you even get out of bed, then 78 is fairly high.

For reference my heart rate taken at the doctors office is usually somewhere between 70 and 78. If the nurse takes the time to let me sit there while they ask questions about symptoms, etc. and then takes my pulse/BP it's usually around 64.

My resting heart rate measured while I'm in bed is 54.

 
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I had a general examination by my internist a few weeks ago. My heart rate was 93. He ordered an EKG. I was informed the EKG was OK.

I spoke to a cardiologist friend to understand the situation. It was explained that below 90 is considered normal. Above 90 is a flag and above 100 a bit more concern. The question is more does >90 represent other risks in the body. Diabetics have some condition which COULD increase heart rate. It's not considered dangerous, in and of itself. I told her that my EKG was good. She said, "Don't worry. You're taking good care of yourself."

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I'd be happy if all my patients had a 78 resting HR.

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