So what is the best workout to get my heart rate back down? I'm thinking sprints and speed workouts but not to sure. I had to slow my training down do to tightness in my chest and my HR started to go up. Lets say a 5 Mi. run put me at 160 avg. now is 170-175 avg. for the same time. What's up with that. I had a nuke stress test done. Other then a right bundle block (aka as RBB) all's well. I was told I would not just drop dead from the RBB. So, go run. I'm 50 and on average run 12-15 mi., bike 45-60 mi.,and add 2-3 days swimming for tri season per week. Yes, I have a high MHR 190. Any input?
I would not take "tightness in my chest" lightly, if I was you I would definately follow up sooner than later with my cardiologist or primary doc. They will probably recommend a stress test even if you have had one recently. Take care!
The tightness in your chest and high heart rate could be signs of developing ischemia in the heart--you could be essentially experiencing a "positive" treadmill stress test. I'd definately go see your doctor sooner rather than later. In the interim, how much caffeine do you drink? If it's quite a bit, I'd suggest cutting it out of the diet completely as it can cause some of the symptoms you're describing.
Thanks doc.blews. Truth be know about 32-oz of half caf. a day. I have cut back on that amount by half. The stress test I had was a nuclear stress test. What got me is I told them at the high end (180-190)HR is when I start to fill the pain or tightness. In a 5k race I've been hitting this # about the half way point. But they only ran me up to 172 because "170 should be my max HR". After the test I was told I have no blockage at all. What do you think?