What is a true elevated heart rate?

jwolf6589

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I have my iPhone/AW set to alert me at 120 BPM and to date I have only received alerts while sleeping which happens once in a while with the rare exception to after I had surgery last September.
 

cynics

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A lot of variables. Age, physical condition, accuracy of watch with heart rate and knowing if you are resting.

Generally though at rest your heart rate should be 100 bpm or lower. 120 bpm is a good setting for you it would seem. Having a buffer to account for inaccuracies prevents constant notifications which eventually will be ignored. Might want to just relax for a while and check your heart rate if it’s 60 then reducing the alert to 100-110 won’t hurt.
 

jwolf6589

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A lot of variables. Age, physical condition, accuracy of watch with heart rate and knowing if you are resting.

Generally though at rest your heart rate should be 100 bpm or lower. 120 bpm is a good setting for you it would seem. Having a buffer to account for inaccuracies prevents constant notifications which eventually will be ignored. Might want to just relax for a while and check your heart rate if it’s 60 then reducing the alert to 100-110 won’t hurt.
Age=40
Physical condition= Overweight. However no physical has suggested my heart is in bad shape.
 

iPhysicist

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I did not know we had doctors on this forum.
Actually we do but maybe no cardiologist. Non the less it’s true what he says even if he’s no doctor.

In fact, research has found that a RHR near the top of the 60 to 100 range can increase your risk for cardiovascular disease and even early death.

Source
 

dave006

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I have my iPhone/AW set to alert me at 120 BPM and to date I have only received alerts while sleeping which happens once in a while with the rare exception to after I had surgery last September.
Just to clarify this setting is for your "resting" heart rate (when you appear to have been inactive for 10 minutes). For example sitting or laying doing no physical activity for more than 10 minutes.

There are lot's of things that can cause your resting HR hit 120 or above. Alcohol, medications, watching sports or even while watching a intense movie scene. Oh and yes sleeping. The key is to do something if it "repeats"...

Dave
 

jwolf6589

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Just to clarify this setting is for your "resting" heart rate (when you appear to have been inactive for 10 minutes). For example sitting or laying doing no physical activity for more than 10 minutes.

There are lot's of things that can cause your resting HR hit 120 or above. Alcohol, medications, watching sports or even while watching a intense movie scene. Oh and yes sleeping. The key is to do something if it "repeats"...

Dave
Medications? That may be the key term. Nonetheless I am waiting to see the nurse at this time.
 

Rorosbutt

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I don’t think a handful (like <5) of outliers should worry you. You might have been having a bad dream that caused HR to spike. Talking with your primary care physician wouldn’t hurt, especially if you’re worried. He/she knows your history and can do an EKG (if needed) to check for abnormalities or other conditions e.g. sleep apnea etc.
 

SoYoung

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I did not know we had doctors on this forum.
lol :D I just saying that over 100bpm when in rest, its not a "normal" heartbeat. At first I thought you hit the 120 bpm often when in rest.

If you hit the 120 regularly in your sleep, I'll tell my doctor if I was in your situation but if its just happen one or 2 times, there is nothing to really worry about.
 

jwolf6589

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lol :D I just saying that over 100bpm when in rest, its not a "normal" heartbeat. At first I thought you hit the 120 bpm often when in rest.

If you hit the 120 regularly in your sleep, I'll tell my doctor if I was in your situation but if its just happen one or 2 times, there is nothing to really worry about.
It happens once in a while.
 

tl01

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I did not know we had doctors on this forum.
And you started this thread because? If you didn’t want the forum opinions then I wouldn’t ask here. It doesn’t take a doctor to know if a heart rate is “normal”. One can google plenty of excellent sources. Now, what is normal for your may not be normal for everyone else. But my cardiologist would not say 120 if you are lying down is acceptable. Heck, if your pulse is close to 100 at rest, I would personally investigate. My heart rate can be a bit faster than “my normal” at times and the doc can find nothing wrong but it still is way lower than 100 at rest. If my pulse was 120 for more than a minute or so at rest, I would be heading to the hospital...but that is just me.
 

neutrino23

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How high does your heart rate go? You can look on your phone to see your history. I used to get excursions to ~160bpm but only for one measurement. My history would look like 67, 68, 66, 162, 68, 67, ...
I finally figured out it was due to a loose band. I had the leather strap and kept it loose so my skin would stay dry. Once I switched to the black Milanese band which I kept tighter I no longer got those unusually high readings.
 

elistan

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Age=40
Physical condition= Overweight. However no physical has suggested my heart is in bad shape.
Read this.
http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/sleep-apnea/

Some relevant excerpts:

"About two-thirds of all people with OSA are overweight or obese."
http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/sleep-apnea/living-with-osa/physical

"During these episodes, the heart is stressed, which increases blood pressure and heart rate."
http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/sleep-apnea/what-is-osa/what-happens

Consult a medical professional if you have any concerns.
 

jwolf6589

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Well went to the doctor and they did a EKG and could find nothing wrong with me. They are going to order a blood test and perhaps even a 24/7 EKG.
 

Seamaster

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My resting heart rate is right around 60, but I too occasionally wake up to alerts that during the night my HR exceeded 120. It only ever happens during the night. So I'll be very interested to hear the outcome of your investigations.
 
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