How will blood pressure medication change my heart rate?

Different blood pressure medications can have an impact on calculating target heart rate. If you are currently taking medication, please consult with your doctor regarding your heart rate while exercising. One of the more common blood pressure medication types is a beta blocker. A beta blocker works by blocking specific receptors which help to reduce the effects of the messengers which work to increase the heart rate. This allows the heart to maintain a slower rate and lowers the blood pressure. This slower rate will need to be factored into the calculation for determining your target heart rate. To find maximum heart rate for an individual not on a beta blocker, the calculation is 220-age. But, if an individual is on a beta blocker, they should follow the calculation of [162-(0.7xage) = estimated maximum heart rate]. For example, a 40 year old person on a beta blocker will have an estimated maximum heart rate of 134 beats per minute.

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Heart and Circulatory System

Heart and Circulatory System

Your circulatory system is made up of your heart and three main types of blood vessels -- arteries, veins and capillaries. Your heart is at the center of the system, acting as a pump to distribute nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood t...

hrough your body; it then takes away carbon dioxide and other waste your body doesn't need. Signs of poor circulation include cold hands and feet, numbness, dizziness, migraines, varicose veins and pain in your feet or legs. Untreated, poor circulation can lead to stroke, high blood pressure, kidney damage and other diseases. Learn more about your heart and circulatory system with expert advice from Sharecare.
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