Heart rate while running
I've had my Medtronics Advisa DR pacemaker for 8.5 years doing great. I haven't seen a EP for years, at my last appointment at the cardiologist I requested a referral. I went a week or so ago, at the visit I expressed concerns that my HR doesn't go up enough while I'm running. I wasn't able to get my rate much over high 130's. She did at first although not to concerned had scheduled a appointment at the hospital for a rate check while on a treadmill. About 5 minutes after I left the office she called my and asked if I can return , which I did she said my rate response was turn on but the sensitivity setting was not correct and rate response was not working. She made an adjustment and increased my max limit to 150 . I've done 3 runs since the change my HR still tops out at 138??? I am 68 my runs have been 3-8 miles at 10.5-8 minute pace. 8 minute pace for 1/4s speed workout. I'm thinking my rate should go higher than that.. I have been running for about 35 years on and off, I am just wondering if doing runs at 132-138 will allow me to improve my performance? Should I ask the EP to schedule a treadmill test or just continue running as I have been and realize at my age I should just be happy to be running........
update from morning long run on treadmill. 9 miles alternating mile pace 10:20-10:42 heart rate 127-130 99% of the run..
You know you're wired when...
You fondly named your implanted buddy.
As for my pacemaker (almost 7 years old) I like to think of it in the terms of the old Timex commercial - takes a licking and keeps on ticking.