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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Pulse Rate

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

[posted 01/24/2000]
Question: What is the average resting pulse rate for a fifty+ year female, and at what pulse rate should one be while exercising ( ie. treadmill ) ?

Answer: 65-90 would be the usual range. Average is probably in the 70-75 range. As to exercising, the max that one should sustain is 140, depending on your preconditioning. A conditioned athlete can sustain a higher rate, but is tougher to get to.

High Pulse Rate [posted 8/12/98]
Question: I am taking: Covera-HS (180 mg), Lanoxin (0.5 mg), Cardura (4 mg), Glucosamine-HCL (1500 mg), Chondroitin Sulfate (1200 mg), Saw Palmetto (350 mg) daily. I have reoccurring episodes of pulse rates of 90-100 a minute. Is there an adverse effect caused by taking the above mixture?

Answer: You are taking a huge dosage of lanoxin. If you haven't had your level checked, do it today. This is probably a toxic dosage of lanoxin and the cause of the arrhythmias. I have never treated anyone with 0.5 mg of lanoxin in 20 years.

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