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    [Heart Monitiors]

    Author: Frank (---.chicago-08-09rs.il.dial-access.att.net)

    Date: 11-09-02 23:20

    I have learned more in this past hr reading everyone's messages about HCM then I have in the past 26 yrs.....Thank you folks.

    I'm not sure if this has been covered, I was never told NOT TO EXERCISE , so in working with my Doc, we determined the best max heart rate I should maintain to get a good workout in.

    The first, only and bestest thing you need is a good heart rate monitior. I have set mine a tad below MY projected max rate and when I get to that number, I DO NOT GO OVER IT. Guess I could, I just don't and will slow down immediately to drop my hr back down. (My Dr has politley informed me that without the meds I would not be able to get anywhere close to what I do today). Thanks to the makers of Topropol....

    Polar USA makes a very good one, in many price ranges, I think I spent $30 dollars on mine. Good website, tons of info.

    I won't post my resting and max rates here, cause if I was reading, I would try and see if I could maintain those rates, and as someone on this board said, we are each different and should have different plans.

    I feel very bad that many of you may be scared about reading the sudden deaths and horror stories, but I truly hope that you don't place yourself in a position of living in daily fear, that in the next minute, you will have a heart attack.

    With info from this site, your Dr's recommendations and YOUR heightened awareness, you should live as normal a life as possible.

    P.S if either Lisa or Sarah read this, I would love to become a member, but not sure what I need to do to join.


    [Re: Heart Monitiors]

    Author: Sarah B. -Board Moderator (---.client.attbi.com)

    Date: 11-09-02 23:39


    Welcome, better late than never, right?

    Please click on the Membership link at the top of the web site for info on how to join. Also keep looking here for info on the annual meeting in June.

    Thanks for posting your good advice, too.



    [Re: Heart Monitiors]

    Author: Lisa Salberg (---.dyn.optonline.net)

    Date: 11-10-02 11:39

    Regarding EXERCISE and heart rates... It is hard for those with HCM and who are on meds (which is most of us) to hit typical target heart rates. You should each talk to your doctors about you own target heart rate before begining any exercise program.

    Frank.. thanks for the input and please know I am famous for adding my 2 cents after many postings

    we are all the same...and all a little different so we must make sure to not enter into a one size fits all mode of thinking.

    ALl the best,



    [Re: Heart Monitiors]

    Author: Linda, Bd of Directors (---.wmnsmd.adelphia.net)

    Date: 11-10-02 16:02

    Frank, you are so right about everyone being different. A key to exercise is to get to know your body. Many "heart" patients cannot exercise to target rate simply because their meds keep their heart rate down. A very efficient and accurate measure of exercise level is the "perceived expenditure" or what that person has come to recognize as their level of tolerance. It comes down to getting to know your own body and listening to it. You should be able to recognize your level of shortness of breath, point at which you begin perspiring, etc. The "talk test" refers to the ability to speak in a normal sentence when exercising. You should not have to interrupt every 2 or 3 words with an extra breath. You should not, however, be able to sing a song, you should be working a little harder than that. Welcome to the board, Linda
    NOTE: This is a post from the previous forum message board.