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Exercise ECG results, sort of

Hi, Three weeks ago I had a exercise ECG after having some problems due to angina. The consultant put me on isosobite mononitrate and arangend the ecg. He said if we find a problem I will see you again and if it is ok, I will see you in 3 months time, December. I have just had a letter to say I have an appointment in middle of January 2018 so I just take it that nothing to worry about was found. The new medication seems to be working, after a few problems at first.

Now I need to get back on track with my exercise regime, I have not done as much as I used to. Not feeling quite right and worrying made me do less. I did go to 2 yoga classes in the last week, one a relaxing one in candle light, very nice. The other harder then the one I normally go to and I ache all over. I did get very warm and could feel my heart beating, this does not happen when I cycle at the cardiac rehab, where I can go for after care. Not sure if I don't work hard enough there or I did too much at yoga, time will tell. But it is good to know they don't want to see me again till next year, so I will try and keep as fit as I can and enjoy life.

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Hi I remember from rehab we had to tell the physio how you thought you had been working using the Borg scale if I remember correct it was on a scale of 1 to 5 could you use something similar ??

Regards

Frank W

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nhsaaa.net/media/422666/201... I think this was the one we used !!

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Hi Frank, thanks for that, I will look it up and see what it says. I have never been told at the rehab how hard I should be doing things, from other posts I have read it must be different at other rehabs. I am going to ask them as well next time I go.

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You probably need a good accurate reading of your heart rate and keep monitoring it. Most modern gyms have these on their machines. You should know what you are allowed to take your heart rate too and not to over do this. 80% of your max

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I will ask next time at the rehab, there machines are not very modern,the bikes have heartrate monitors last time it went between 78 and 97 but did not feel any different. Could that be becausd of the meds?

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Highly likely, beta blocker will lower your heart rate, as will something like ramipril. Mine at rest is around 64, peak at exercise not over 133

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A Physiotherapist at Rehab once told me Heart Rate is a little difficult because it is being controlled artificially by Beat Blockers/Medication in a lot of people with Wonky Hearts !!! I think that's why we used the Borg Scale which I think is based on Breathing Easy through to Hard. I think she said never go beyond not being able to speak clearly. i.e. when gasping for breath.

The other thing stressed was not to compete with other people at Rehab or in a Gym. I watched people at Rehab running on a Treadmill/Rolling road, Mo Farraha would have been pushed to compete against them.

Interested to hear what others think of Exercise Rates and how to Progress

Regards

Frank W

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Hi, they did use the Borg scale when I was wearing the ecg moniter and just asked how I felt while walking round the 50 meter track. During the exercise ecg at the hospital one of the staff asked if I was taking bisoprolol,it must affect the readings I suppose. I aam going to book another yoga class and see how it goes.

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I never get competitive at the gym but I do sometimes get embarrassed at my arms wobbling under the strain of my 2.5kg weights...! Actually been pleasantly surprised how many "unfit" people use the gym, proportionately - most are overweight, elderly or with other issues. Thinking about that, maybe I could compete more ;)

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Hi, at yoga we are told not to compare ourselves with others as we have different abilities and it is not competitive, but I do have a peek at times. I refused to do a shoulderstand last week thought it was to much for me, so she has me lying near the wall with my legs up it! Going again this evening see how it goes. I will do my best

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My yoga teacher is good at differentiating too. Shoulder stands are not for me either! Hope you enjoy it this evening x

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Frank you picked on the one big thing I don'the underdstand. If you are taking so many meds (beta blockers, blood thinners, sratings etc.) how can any doctor get a true picture if what is wrong with your heart? ( sorly anke123 I don'the mean to hijack your thread )

Hope you find a way to exercise comfortably anke123 where the fear will be lessened

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I have been exercising again, most of the time ok. Asked the physiologist about heart rate and he said it is best to go by how you feel. My follow up appointment has been changed 4 times now.

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