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.
Christine Bussey, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursNorthern Virginia Cardiology Associates
8505 Arlington Blvd Ste 200
Fairfax, VA 22031
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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.
What is diastolic heart failure?
Diastolic heart failure is a condition in which the pumping chambers (ventricles) of the heart become thickened, grow stiff and cannot relax enough to adequately fill the heart’s lower chambers (ventricles) with blood. The fluid then backs up into organs and causes swelling (edema) (especially in feet and ankles) and congestion even though the heart's pumping function (ejection fraction) is normal. This type of heart failure is caused by conditions such as acute ischemia, systolic hypertension with enlargement of the left ventricular muscle, restrictive cardiomyopathy and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
What is a coronary fistula?
Coronary fistulas are abnormal branches from the coronary arteries (the arteries that supply the heart with blood) that bypass the circulation through the heart muscle and instead passes directly back to one of the heart chambers or pulmonary artery. These fistulas are sometimes found incidentally if a baby or child receives an echocardiogram for another reason. Sometimes, there is enough blood flow through a fistula to create a heart murmur. Some coronary fistulas do not require treatment and may become smaller over time. Others may require catheter-based or surgical treatment.
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