So I'm self diagnosing here. Here's the deal. I am a 28yo female of somewhat above average weight (BMI 28). I have been working out 1 hour per day, 5 days per week on a treadmill at the local gym for 6 months. My goal is to be able to run a 5k at the drop of a hat.
At rest (while awake), my heart rate is 90-110, which I know is a bit high, especially for someone who exercises regularly like I do. When I walk at 3.5mph, my heart rate stays about 140-150. I have tried and tried and tried to gradually increase my speed, but every time I jog or run, my heart rate shoots up to 190+, and not surprisingly, I can't maintain that for long.
I am becoming very frustrated. I seem to have hit a brick wall with my workouts, and no matter how consistent I am, I am not improving.
I should also mention that I do occasionally have palpitations severe enough to cause some dizziness. I haven't actually passed out yet, but I fear that one of these times my heart will do something weird enough that I'll hit the floor... but that might be a different issue.
I did have a Holter monitor done about 6 years ago which revealed a few short runs of PVCs and a moderate but not constant amount of sinus tachycardia. They said it was nothing to worry about.
Please help me out here. I really want to be able to jog or run, and no matter how I try, I just can't. My heart can't handle it. What should I do??
Yes, all good ideas, but the problem with all of these appointments and testing modalities is that I am uninsured and cannot obtain private insurance due to a separate preexisting condition. I'm worried about paying for all of this. View Thread
I made an appointment with my PCP to evaluate the issue. Basically, I'd like to see what a Holter Monitor might show, and I need someone to order that test for me.
Yesterday I wore a personal/exercise heart rate monitor for 6.5 hours, and in that time, my average HR was 102, with a maximum of 130. This was all while I was sitting at a desk or walking around the office. Nothing too strenuous or stressful.
As someone who exercises about 5hrs/wk, that just doesn't seem right to me. My resting pulse ought to be in the 60's to 70's, not over 100.
I don't want my poor heart to be beating so fast all of the time... aside from the exercise intolerance, it seems like it might get tired or burned out...View Thread
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