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Kelly Marshall
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Q.

Can I still use my heart rate monitor if I take beta blocker

Hi,

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.

Please help,

Zoggie x [:?]

A.

Our expert says...

Hi Zoggie,

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:

BORG SCALE:

6

7 very, very light exertion

8

9 very light exertion

10

11 fairly light exertion

12

13 somewhat hard exertion

14

15 hard exertion

16

17 very hard exertion

18

19 very, very hard exertion

20

This scale will allow you to monitor your exercise more accurately then with your heart rate monitor. I hope this helps.

Kelly

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