Your doctor may advise you to monitor your heart rate if you're incorporating a fitness routine while dealing with a heart condition. It can also be performance aid for serious athletes like cyclists, runners and swimmers who are looking to really optimize their results.
Andrew T. Ho, MD
- interventional cardiology
Location and Office HoursRiverside Cardiology Associates
4500 Brockton Ave Ste 203
Riverside, CA 92501
- Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
- Blue Shield of California
- BlueCross BlueShield
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Health Net
- United Healthcare
- Inland Valley Medical Center
- Loma Linda University Medical Center, East Campus
- Riverside Community Hospital
Why should I track my heart rate?
David Buer, Fitness, answeredTracking your heart rate is a way to gauge how hard your heart is working. When first starting a workout program or getting active, your heart has to work a lot harder to keep up with your body’s demands for blood and oxygen. If you work out on a regular basis, your aerobic system gradually becomes more efficient, which is a factor in determining that it may be time to step up the intensity of your workouts.
Your doctor may advise you to monitor your heart rate if you're incorporating a fitness routine while dealing with a heart condition. It can also be performance aid for serious athletes like cyclists, runners and swimmers who are looking to really optimize their results.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
Is valvular heart disease serious?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
How serious valvular heart disease is depends on the type of valvular problem as well as on how far the problem has progressed. For people with advanced valvular heart disease, treatments such as surgery to repair or replace the damaged valve may be required.
On the other hand, people with mild valvular heart disease may not need any treatment at all and may notice no symptoms. People with mild valvular disease who practice preventive measures, such as living a healthy lifestyle, may never need treatment.
Some congenital valvular heart disease is serious, and some is not. While some congenital heart defects are life-threatening, they can be treated, and many people with such conditions are currently living fulfilling lives.
What recommendations might my doctor make at a heart-health office visit?
If you are concerned about your risk level for cardiovascular disease or symptoms you have been having, your first step will be an office visit with your physician. (Note: If you are having symptoms of a heart attack, do not wait for an office visit; dial 911.) During this visit, your physician will do a physical exam, ask you about your lifestyle (diet, exercise, whether you smoke, etc.) and medical history, and may refer you for blood tests.
Based on the discussion with your doctor and the results from your physical exam and blood tests, your doctor will make recommendations such as the following:
- Medical, or drug, therapy and changes in your lifestyle to help control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, maintain a healthy weight and manage blood sugar levels; or
- Tests to diagnose what may be causing your symptoms.
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