Recovery Heart Rate

Recovery Heart Rate - The recovery heart rate is another key to determining if you are in good physical shape, including the health of your heart, and consequently is very much a part of monitoring a healthy heart rate. You can measure your own recovery heart rate, and doctors will often measure recovery heart rate after putting their patient, usually a heart patient, through a stress test. How this works is you work up to your target heart rate, or at least to a heart rate higher than normal, stop exercising, and take your pulse ten seconds later, continue resting and take your pulse again one minute later. Your second measurement should be much lower than your first one. The greater the difference the better. If the difference is slight, it means your heart either is having difficulty in recovering, and is not as fit as it should be, or you haven't exercised hard enough (which is why working up to your target heart rate is best). Your recovery heart rate can tell you quite a bit about yourself and your exercise habits as well.

A Not So Healthy Heart Rate - There are many reasons behind an unhealthy heart rate, and we can't get in to all of them here. We've already said that very athletic persons, healthy persons if you will, can have a much lower resting heart rate than the rest of us. In that sense, a lower heart rate is good. However a low heart rate can also indicate a problem exists.

While our heart rate tends to slow a bit as we age, an abnormally low heart rate, one below the range we should be in, could indicate a problem. The condition of a lower than desirable heart rate is known as bradycardia. Something is keeping the heart from functioning properly, and that something is often associated with the electrical impulses that keep the heart pumping. Aging can be a contributor as can certain medications or illness. The condition may be fairly constant or may come and go, but once you become aware of it you should see a doctor as something very possibly is wrong.

An arrhythmia is an abnormal, often irregular heartbeat. It can accompany bradycardia, where the heart is beating both slowly and irregularly, or more commonly, beating rapidly and irregularly. Rapid heart beat or flutter, is a cause for concern of course, and when experienced a doctor should be consulted. In the extreme cases of an abnormally high heart rate the heart goes into fibrillation, definitely not a healthy heart rate, and a sign the heart muscle is out of control, and often incapable of supplying blood to the body.

Hopefully your experience with your own heart will revolve around a healthy heart rate, resting rate, target rate, and recovery rate. Take the time to monitor what your heart is up to from time to time, and use what you find out to your own advantage.