I have been running off and on for over 2 years - just short distances (2-3 miles). Recently I purchased a heart rate monitor and found that my heart rate goes up to about 160 - 165 after running for 10 minutes. I am not out of breath (can carry on a conversation). I am 59 years old and wonder if I should be concerned. I see my doctor on a regular basis and had an ekg in June which was perfect (the doctors words not mine). Your response is appreciated.
Hi and welcome to the forum! i am glad that i can help you.
You want to know whether the symptoms that you experience may suggest an underlying medical condition.
A normal heart rate is 60-80 beats per minute. If the heart rate at rest is over 100 beats per minute it is considered to be tachycardia. If the heart rate at rest is less than 60 beats per minute it is considered to be bradycardia. When exercising (including running) the heart rate increases because the heart needs more blood supply.
According to the data that you described, it is not likely that you experience any medical condition. If you experience a heart rate over 100 at rest, chest pain at rest or chest pain when exerting, you may consider seeing a cardiologist for further diagnosis.
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