Question re: stress/echo results and not being able to complete 9 minutes

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susan1
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   Posted 11/3/2010 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
 
I am 42 years old and just had my first stress/echo test.  My heart seems to beat fast and hard when I pull weeks or do other physical activities.
 
I AM not in great shape and am 5' 9 1/2 " tall weighing 195 pounds.
 
The stress test is 3 minutes warm up, 3 minutes hard, and then 3 minutes even more difficult.
 
I only made it for the 6 minutes total and my Cardiologist said I made it to the target heart rate and to stop.
 
He said he could put me on a very mild beta blocker to slow the heart down OR I can increase my heart muscle by excercising (which I don't do at all).  I have a follow up in 3 months.  I am opting for excercise :-)
 
Here is my question:
Is it normal to get to your target heart rate this early in the test IF you are out of shape and do not physical activity?  Thank you kindly.
 
Susan

susan1
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   Posted 11/3/2010 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh he also saw no palpitations during stress test and my echo looked good too. He said I could do the beta because if I felt it was beating hard, but he thought excercise would be sufficient
Susan>
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stkitt
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   Posted 11/3/2010 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Susan,
 
There is no one answer that fits all people.  The treadmill is stopped when the patient achieves a target heart rate (this is 85% of the maximal heart rate predicted for the patient's age).
 
I think you are wise to take up a regular exercise program and weight loss plan to get in better shape.  I am glad the rest of your test was normal.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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susan1
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   Posted 11/3/2010 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Kitt!!

I appreciate your comment.
Susan>
41 years old

Married>



Waiting>

Abnormalities: Vitamin B1, B12, D and iron ddeficient,, +ANA, +ACA MTHFR heterogenous gene A1298C



Rheumatologist>


"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

stkitt
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   Posted 11/3/2010 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Your very welcome and reading your post reinforced my own promise to exercise more.  :)
 
Kitt
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