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Should I be alarmed by my high heart rate when I’m running? 

I'm a 51 yr old woman that is very active and I recently purchased a heart monitor for running. I noticed that my resting [HR] is over 100 and I reach 185 to 190 as average during running. The beeper is continuously beeping that I'm in the high zone and I don't feel bad at all. Should I be alarmed?

submitted by Wanda from Friendswood, Texas on 12/13/2012

Answer:

George Younis, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, George Younis, MD  

I would not be alarmed, but it would be reasonable to have an EKG done to establish your baseline rhythm and discuss with your doctor potential reasons why your HR may be higher than expected.   

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