30 Oct '17, 8pm
Ask-A-Salty: Heart Rate Spikes and Wrist Monitors
JJH in Utah writes: I am 49, just started running about a year ago, just got a watch with a heart rate monitor in it. I am perimenopausal and am taking quite a few supplements, estrogen and DHEA. Lately, I’ve seen my heart rate go up as high at 196 at certain points in my runs. My average is about 172-174. Do you think I should be concerned? Or is the average more of what I should pay attention to? Wow, JJH, It’s very flattering that you trust us with an important thing like your health! That said, we’re not doctors. Any time you’re on medication, we strongly encourage you to reach out to the medical professional that prescribed the medication to check for potential side effects that could be exacerbated by heavy exercise. Our first question is, how hard to you feel like you’re running? If those readings are coming during an easy jog, see below. But, if you’re getting thos...