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  1. Ashley

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    So I was put on a beta blocker after my tilt table test yesterday to help with my POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) symptoms. When my heart rate raises so much my blood pressure drops. During the test my (resting was around 70bpm) hr got to 130 and my blood pressure began to drop, i got feverish feeling and my vision became real blurry. Anyways, the nurse told me that it would be hard for me to reach my targeted heart rate (for example 12bpm) while exercising, and to not worry if my resting heart rate was around 50bpm

    So I'm wondering is this going to hinder any real effects from cardio activity if I can't get my heart rate up?
     
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    freakin care
     
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    post more ASIT and we'll care more
     
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    I'm no expert but if you're problem is that your heart won't pump enough volume to deliver oxygen, then yes it will effect your cardio. You won't get the intensity you want. That doesn't mean you can't lift.

    Weight loss through diet also has nothing to do with heart rate.
     
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    yes. at least thats what they say.
     
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    stick to lifting and low intensity cardio, hopefully this fixes the problem for you and doesn't create any more problems.
     
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    yeah I understand I can still lift and diet, I was just asking if my cardio workouts wouldn't really do too much for me
     
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    I hate to say this but just walking does more than most realize. I don't know if you're over weight so the effect might not be as noticable. Steady state cardio at low intensity can be maitained for longer durations if your schedule allows. An hour of walking can still create a hefty calorie deficit.
     
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    yeah I pretty much hate cardio anyways so if its not going to benefit me too much then I won't stress as much as I was about it. I just wanted to be clear on what the nurse was saying

    Exercise is supposed to help but too much or too intense could make symptoms worse, so I just gotta test it out see how much i can do
     
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    true, and I don't hate that kind of cardio, I hate heart racing kind of cardio, which isn't good for me so much anyway. I think I'll try 10 min fast walk before and after my lifting
     
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    A beta blocker will certainly put up a wall for your cardio efforts. I take one for high blood pressure. It is difficult for my heart rate to get up to 160+ on in. Still, you can do cardio well enough to get benefits. I wouldn't worry unless you're a runner or competing in cardio based activities.
     
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    yeah if my heart rate got up to 160 I'd probably die.
     
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    you can drink some water and have some crackers to maintain sodium in your body and increase your blood pressure while you're taking the beta blocker. Which beta blocker were you prescribed? Maybe switch to a different one.
     
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    why would i switch I just started Tuesday. I'm taking metoprolol succinate er 50mg, generic for toprol xl
     
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    hell yea...get bloated as fuck of some salty food then you won't have a problem with low BP...
     
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    beta blockers come mostly in beta1 and beta2. Beta2 blockers cause peripheral resistance which can lead to a decrease in blood pressure. If you were taking it, you should change. Metaprolol is a beta1 so just take some saltine crackers and some water should help.
     
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    my dr did tell me to salt my food and hydrate with something like propel or gatorade.
     
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    it'd definitely help
     
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    failure to come through with nudes
     
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    Metoprolol is a good medication, yes it will affect your ability to raise your heart rate to a certain threshold, what that threshold is no one can know. However you can still continue your normal cardio routine, you may however experience increased fatigue with activity. Notice I said may, given the dose you have a resonable chance of experiencing no side effects.
     
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