Re: High Heart Rate - 226 BPM
I have had my Polar show freak highs when the battery was giving out, but they were only momentary spikes.
I have also had a few incidents of tachycardia (ultra fast heart rate). With the first my HR went up to 200, which for a person then 67 was way above my notional max. Surprisingly, I didn't feel that bad, except for the worry, but I certainly couldn't have run fast for very long. The high HR continued all morning - maybe 5 hours - but gradually coming down. It left me feeling pretty washed out. Since then I have had a few more incidents, but with my HR only going up to a less worrying 170 or less. This is never associated with exercise, but comes on while still in bed in the morning or shortly after getting up. My normal HR while still in bed in the morning would be usually max 60.
After the 1st incident I saw a GP who made light of it. He obviously thought someone who routinely checked her HR every morning must be a complete hypochondriac. I tried to explain that this is something many runners do but ... Later, after a few more widely spaced incidents, when I had 2 attacks in 1 month I went to another GP who sent me to a specialist. I have been very satisfied with the care at the hospital. I got to wear a 24 hour monitoring device, which picked up a few abnormal beats I hadn't even noticed. What they really need in order to find out what is going on is to do an ECG while I am having an attack, but since then I haven't had one. If/when I do, I have to get myself to the hospital and they will ECG me straight away, day or night.
Naturally, I have researched this problem thoroughly. The danger is that when the heart beats so quickly it is beating very inefficiently. The blood is left pooling in the heart and clots can form, resulting in, worst case, stroke.
I suggest that anyone who experiences an ultra high heart rate for any length of time, (momentary spikes are OK) especially if it occurs more than once, should get checked out, and also research remedies on the web. There are various medical strategies, and also home remedies that work for some to stop the high heart rate when it is happening. What works varies enormously from person to person. I have tried all the home remedies and for me, the only thing that works at all is to walk gently (NOT run) in the open air.
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