Can I still use a heart rate monitor if I take beta blockers? My heart rate is only 117 when I'm going close to flat out. I already take other blood pressure tablets but never had a problem before I started taking the beta blockers.
Zoggie x [:?]
Because beta blockers are designed to block adrenaline and relieve stress to the heart muscle to aid blood pressure and slow heart rate, essentially you are likely to struggle to see any real change in it during your exercise efforts. This is a good thing as this is the point of your medication but it does mean the use of a heart rate monitor is likely to have very little benefit. The readings you get, as you have already identified, clearly don?t line up with your perceived level of exertion so I would suggest using a scale like the Borg scale to monitor intensity/effort level instead of a heart rate monitor:
7 very, very light exertion
9 very light exertion
11 fairly light exertion
13 somewhat hard exertion
15 hard exertion
17 very hard exertion
19 very, very hard exertion
This scale will allow you to monitor your exercise more accurately then with your heart rate monitor. I hope this helps.
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