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Heart Rate Monitoring.

I've overdone things I think: sitting here, semi-reclined, my heart rate is hovering at 100bpm. When I'm in this state and haven't been doing much and am not feeling so rubbish, it's in the 80's. At the moment, if I get up and move around, it goes over 120bpm. I am feeling shagged out: overdid things yesterday, had a rather crap night and went out again today.

Dinner sitting up in a restaurant has it over 120bpm.

Dinner at a friend's house: about 110-120 bpm.

When it's in the 80's, I seem to be able to trundle along doing whatever for quite a while. Semi-reclined on the couch.

The alarm on the monitor goes off at 104bpm, and as the day progresses I seem to hit that mark more often for less exertion.

By way of comparison, a healthy person my age would be at 105bpm while going for a brisk walk. That's the anerobic threshold (varies from person to person of course), above which a healthy person will see improvements in health, but above which CFSers go into a state from which they don't easily recover. This is the excerise intolerance and post-exertional malaise thing at work.

I'm starting to suspect that my anerobic threshold is a bit lower.

The speedy heart rate was obvious to me back when I first got CFS in 1998 - I was still reasonably fit at the time, but all of a sudden I had this racing heart.


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Apr. 7th, 2011 08:16 am (UTC)
You just reminded me to put my monitor on. I've been sitting quietly and it says my rate is 70. Huh, the other day it was over 80 at rest - and well over the 100's if I had moved/done something.
I must work out how to set the alarm. Mind you, it would help if I actually remembered to wear it.
Apr. 7th, 2011 08:21 am (UTC)
Hmmm, walked out the front door, went and smelled a rose, walked to green bin and put in a clipping, came in and sat down up to 94, and I can feel my heart in my throat. Monitor says its dropped to 73 as I type this.

Apr. 7th, 2011 08:25 am (UTC)
Dear gawd, no wonder you are clinically knackered!
Apr. 7th, 2011 08:31 am (UTC)
wot she said. wow.
Apr. 7th, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
Ooh, "clinically knackered" is my new favorite way to describe it.
Apr. 7th, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC)
I suppose you've had a heart evaluation?
Even for somebody without CFS, a 120 heart rate sitting in a restaurant would be awful.
Apr. 9th, 2011 05:40 am (UTC)
Yes - 120 bpm is proper excercise, I believe.

I've had a halter monitor test, EKGs, that sort of thing. Noone seems to think there are any heart issues as such...
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Apr. 9th, 2011 05:41 am (UTC)
All will be revealed soon.

Well, when I've got the spoons. Basically I believe the next step will be to try and avoid going over the anerobic threshold in order to last longer.
Apr. 7th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
It's really interesting that you're doing this. I've heard only bits and pieces about it, but none from anyone that's actually tried to do it for themselves.

I wonder what my heart rates would be and if that would directly correlate to my fatigue levels. It would be hard to tell what causes what, with med, diet and other variables.

I know you posted links about this. If you wouldn't mind, could you post them again? (when you catch your breath!)
Apr. 9th, 2011 05:43 am (UTC)
I've noticed heart rate is not always as self evident as you'd think.

The night after I did this post, I realised just sitting on the couch knitting had me at 100-105 bpm. I thought I had come good from the afternoon's exertion and was well within my limit.

And yep, will repost shortly.

Edited at 2011-04-09 05:43 am (UTC)
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Apr. 9th, 2011 06:46 am (UTC)
Why yes, I believe it was. Thanks!
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