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Exercise May Be Best Heart Protection for Overweight Women – dailyRx
Exercise May Be Best Heart Protection for Overweight WomendailyRx(dailyRx News) Exercise is key to losing weight and keeping that weight off, which is healthy for the heart. But even without weight loss, physical activity may provide quite a bit of benefit to the heart. A new study showed that for otherwise healthy …
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For some reason today twice out of no where my heart just starts beating all fast. I wasnt doing anything. Why would it do that?
Palpitations are heartbeat sensations that feel like your heart is pounding or racing. You may simply have an unpleasant awareness of your own heartbeat, or may feel skipped or stopped beats. The heart's rhythm may be normal or abnormal. Palpitations can be felt in your chest, throat, or neck.
Normally the heart beats 60-100 times per minute. In people who exercise routinely or take medications that slow the heart, the rate may drop below 55 beats per minute.
If your heart rate is very fast (over 100 beats per minute), this is called tachycardia. An unusually slow heart rate is called bradycardia. An occasional extra heartbeat is known as extrasystole.
Palpitations are usually not serious. However, it depends on whether or not the sensations represent an abnormal heart rhythm ( arrhythmia). The following conditions make you more likely to have an abnormal heart rhythm:
– Known heart disease at the time the palpitations begin
– Significant risk factors for heart disease
– An abnormal heart valve
– An electrolyte abnormality in your blood — for example, a low potassium level
Heart palpitations can be caused by:
– Anxiety, stress, fear
– Caffeine, nicotine, cocaine, diet pills
– Overactive thyroid
– Low levels of oxygen in your blood
– Medications such as thyroid pills, asthma drugs, beta blockers, or anti-arrhythmics
– Heart disease
Self-care at home :
– Reducing your caffeine intake will often significantly reduce your heart palpitations. Reducing stress and anxiety can help lessen the frequency or intensity of your heart palpitations. Try breathing exercises or deep relaxation (a step-by-step process of tensing and then relaxing every muscle group in your body) when palpitations occur. Practicing yoga or tai chi on a regular basis can reduce the frequency of your palpitations.
– Keep a record of how often you have palpitations, when they happen, how long they last, your heart rate at the time of the palpitations, and what you are feeling at the time. This information may help your doctor figure out both their seriousness and their underlying cause.
– Once a serious cause has been ruled out by your doctor, try NOT to pay attention to heart palpitations, unless you notice a sudden increase or a change in them.
If you have never had heart palpitations before, I would definitely suggest that you bring them to the attention of your doctor and ask for a thorough checkup without delay.
I haven't drunk caffeine for really years but accidentally yes last year 1 time but anyways my heart speeds up fast and stuff but there's a lot I want to do for examp. Run I can't even do that for too long without worrying pLz tell me diet,vits anything no exercise yet thx
Going up the stairs strengthens your heart,goin down stairs strengthens your legs.
I am talking an average older person about 50-60+
What are the recommended physical activities they should do?
How long should they do it for? Per day? Frequency?
Guidelines for healthy adults under age 65:
Basic recommendations from ACSM and AHA:
Do moderately intense cardio 30 minutes a day, five days a week
Do vigorously intense cardio 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week
Do eight to 10 strength-training exercises, eight to 12 repetitions of each exercise twice a week.
Moderate-intensity physical activity means working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat, yet still being able to carry on a conversation. It should be noted that to lose weight or maintain weight loss, 60 to 90 minutes of physical activity may be necessary. The 30-minute recommendation is for the average healthy adult to maintain health and reduce the risk for chronic disease.
(These are from the webside below. I googled "exercise guidlines for older adults" and got many results as well as the above.)
Soccer boosts health in senior men: study
For older men who have never played soccer, it's probably not too late to learn and reap the numerous health benefits, according to researchers who watched a small group of seniors become remarkably fitter. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen divided 27 men between the ages of 63 and 70 into groups in which they practiced either soccer or strength training twice a week for an hour …