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Max MR Heart Rate

Hi,
I'm 71 and have asymptomatic Mitral Regurgitation.  I'm taking Metoprolol.
My heart structure seems fine except for the mitral valve problem.
I like to ride a bike. I like to climb.
Any ideas about maximum heart rate? The usual guidelines re heart rate - 220 minus my age pins my max rate at 149.
I tend to try to keep my hr below 128 but sometimes my enthusiasm gets the best of me. Any thoughts appreciated.
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329165 tn?1515471990
Hi there,

I am a mitralvalve repair survivor :) so I know a little about MVP by now.  Given your age and the fact that you are asymptomatic means that your MVP is under control.

Good on you for wanting to be active and healthy :)

I don't think you should worry and focus on the heart rate so much.  You need to pay attention to the symptoms you get when excercising!  if you become short of breath or very dizzy, then slow down.  If you get chest pains, then STOP and take it much easier.

Beta blockers will keep your heart rate down, but it also makes your bloodpressure drop and then you'll be dizzy or if you have high BP, then it will stabilize it.

Have you been for a stress ECG lately?  that is the best way to see how well your heart copes under stress, i.e. excercise.
976897 tn?1379167602
The only way I know of is through medication such as beta blockers which you are taking.
976897 tn?1379167602
Is it right to assume blood pressure would be more of a concern than heart rate? within reason of course.
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