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Any reason why my heart rate is 192 while I am jogging?

Asked by Glow (1352 points ) April 16th, 2010

I’m not new to jogging and I am relatively healthy. 22 and 130 pounds. I run off and on, sometimes once a week, sometimes less some times more. But I notice each time I do run my heart rate is around 192 and I have seen it at 195 sometimes, after about 10–15 minutes of running.

What could be the reason for this? Could blood pressure play a role? Not enough water (although I am sure I am drinking enough)?

I’m really confused :/

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Arisztid's avatar

Even if I was a doctor, I would not diagnose over the internet. I am going to give you the standard “go to the doctor” answer and tell you that the same thing happened to me.

I am certain you were expecting the “go to a doctor” thing. 192 is an abnormally fast pulse, as I am certain you know, even when exercising. Blood pressure does not necessarily play a role. I have the same problem, as I am about to tell you, and I run low BP, have always run low BP. My BP did not change with the onset of tachycardia.

I have the same problem. I am a martial artist, have been in shape all of my life, etc. et al. Back in the early 80’s, my pulse jumped from its normal 60 bpm resting to running tachycardic at rest, taching at well over 170 when exercising. Tachycardia is rapid heart rate. I saw a doctor, they ran tests, nothing was found. Over the years I have had tests for it and nothing is found. Having not identified the etiology of the problem, I am medicated with low dose of a beta blocker which solves the problem.

So, it could be nothing serious like me or it could be serious. It is nothing to play with.

Keysha's avatar

I agree with Aris and not just because I love and live with him about needing a doctor. The thing to understand is that the blood pressure is the amount of force your blood takes to go through your veins and arteries. If you have good veins and arteries, it takes less force, and thus your BP is lower. Your heart rate does not necessarily have anything to do with that.

Glow's avatar

Yeah, going to the doctor will happen, but it has to happen later, since I am seeing a special doctor now for a whole nother condition X_X Getting tired of the doctors…

Never heard of the tachycardia though, I’m gonna go and look into that.

I wondered about eh BP thing though because I believe I had low blood pressure, due to how I tend to white out when I go from sitting to standing. When I first started working out, I had this white out affect happen as well, so I thought they might be related.

Thanks though!

Arisztid's avatar

@Glow Tachycardia simply means rapid pulse. Tachycardia comes from the Greek words tachys (rapid or accelerated) and kardia (of the heart). (yes, I am being lazy… that is wiki). Tachycardia is a symptom of a disorder, not a disorder itself.

I definitely understand about being tired of doctors. Seeing a doctor more than a couple of times a year constitutes going to the doctor too much for my preference. I am only slightly joking when I say “I will only go to the doctor over my cold, dead corpse!”

Try to not put it off too far and, if you experience any chest pains, tightening, or anything concerning, go to the ER, not wait for your doctor. If your pulse jumps, go to the ER. Cardiac issues are not to be played with.

As I said, this could be nothing harmful, like it is with me. However, I am lucky. Tachycardia can be a symptom of many very dangerous conditions.

I also white out sometimes when I go from sitting to standing. When I do it I say that I “left my blood pressure in the chair.” I have been told that it is due to my normally low BP and, for me, it is nothing to be concerned about.

However, it is something you should mention when you see the doctor for the tachycardia.

Good luck to you and please be careful!

sleepdoc's avatar

OK .. let me first say that the most likely reason your rate is being measured that high is that the equipment is not doing it accurately. Are you putting your hands on sensors on a machine and still joggin at the same time? Or are you taking your pulse? Or what kind of monitor are you using?

SeventhSense's avatar

Maybe you are over training lately? Maybe get more rest? Machine malfunction? See a professional either way.

Glow's avatar

Maybe I’ll take it easy till I see a doctor and get a for-sure answer.

I’m not sure if it is the machine, because I get the same reading on different machines, even ellipticals :P Also not so sure about the over training. a 30 minute jog with 5 minute walks in the beginning and end ain’t all that bad ya know?! Haha.

sleepdoc's avatar

@Glow… most machines are not entirely accurate if you are moving while they take your heart rate. What is your heart rate when you are not exercising?

Glow's avatar

@sleepdoc- hm, never checked. Maybe next time I am on the machine I’ll check my heart rate right before the run.

Usually when I check my heart rate, though, I slow down to a fast walk and check it.

sleepdoc's avatar

@Glow .. I am definately not telling that you shouldn’t see a doctor, but you might want to consider the old fashion way of feeling your pulse to check it. If you are moving those machines will often be wrong.

Arisztid's avatar

@Glow You can count your pulse for 15 seconds with a watch, then multiply by four.

You can easily find your pulse at your wrist, just under the thumb. It is easy to find if you turn your hand palm up. If you were taking someone else’s pulse I would say to use your fingertips, not your thumb, but it does not matter since it is your pulse you shall be counting.

I think taking it easy until you see a doc is a good plan.

casheroo's avatar

I recently had surgery and my heart rate was at and above 140 for a couple days, while I stayed in the hospital. They were very concerned and monitored it very closely. I imagine a HR in the 190s is cause for concern as well. I’d see a doc.

Glow's avatar

@Arisztid – Okay, did that twice, and both times got 80.

Arisztid's avatar

@Glow 60 to 80 bpm resting is normal. When you are exercising, stop for a minute and check again. If it feels like your pulse is racing, check.

sevenfourteen's avatar

@Glow – I’m 20 and weigh about 160 lbs. I run between 0 – 4 times a week. My heart rate gets up between 178 and 190’s while I am running or working out at the gym. As much as everyone is suggesting going to the doctor, having a raised heart rate means you’re working hard, period. If you continue to work out more often you’ll see that it will slowly beat slower when you’re working your hardest, and that’ll be because it’s built up a tolerance. You can’t expect to have the heart rate of an athlete if you don’t run like one.

I also totally agree with @sleepdoc – those machines can not be taken literally, they’re as accurate as they can be, but they aren’t perfect.

ETpro's avatar

For someone 20 years old, the typical exercising heart rate is 100–170 Beats Per Minute and at maximum exertion, 200 BPM. I would guess you just aren’t running consistently enough to build up your heart muscle, and after 15 minutes of running, you are pushing up close to that maximum exertion level. Try a less aggressive, slower run to start and do it every other day for at least 30 minutes. Even a fast walk is OK to begin with. Then as it gets easier to do, slowly increase the pace.

squidcake's avatar

Yeah, I used to run on a treadmill that had little sensors that were supposed to tell you your heart rate, and it was total bullshit.
It would try to tell me after a minute my heart rate was 200bpm. I checked my pulse and watched the clock, and it was like…85.

Glow's avatar

Hm, perhaps I will get a heart rate moniter or something to measure my heart rate while I jog. Thing is though, the heart rate is consistent with various machines. On top of that, it is also consistent with my fatigue. The higher the numbers, the more tired I am and harder it is to breath. I’m not pushing myself, but like some have said, I might need to increase endurance.

I just hope 192 doesn’t mean anything is wrong with me :/

Thanks all!

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