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Old 06-18-2015, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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I know of someone that had a heart rate at 180 beats per minute and just how fast can the human heart take before damage?
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Old 06-19-2015, 01:38 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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It depends how long it is sustained...but really a fast rate alone doesn't cause damage to the cardiac muscle per se, it's more a symptom that something else is going on which needs to be treated. If your fast rate is on-going (i.e. 150+ over a period of hours), eventually the heart will give out and you can go into a lethal arrhythmia/cardiac arrest. Damage to the heart generally occurs due to blockages from plaque (heart attacks/MIs) or a blood clot which forms from an arrhythmia.
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Old 06-19-2015, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Northern Appalachia
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I know of someone that had a heart rate at 180 beats per minute and just how fast can the human heart take before damage?
I've measured my maximum heart rate at 192 bpm when I was 51 years old. It was while I was running a 5K on a hot, humid day while wearing a HR monitor. I don't think you can damage your heart by exercising too hard since you can only maintain it for a very brief amount of time. Maximum heart rate is different for everyone and tends to get lower with age.

A sustained high heart rate caused by a medical condition is a totally different situation and can cause damage.
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Old 06-19-2015, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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This person I know had his heart rythmn come out of rythmn and heart rate at 180 and I also had my heart come out of rythmn and my heart rate was 144 when I went to the ER. I'm on this drug for life called Metoprol too keep my heart in rythmn.


Thanks.
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Old 06-19-2015, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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It all depends on how healthy you and your heart is.
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Old 06-19-2015, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Sector 001
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Some people have genetically higher heartrates while exercising... mine will go above 180 and even eclipse 200 if I sprint for much more than 45 seconds but my resting heart rate has been recorded as low as around 42 BPM though it generally averages around 50.
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Old 06-19-2015, 05:58 PM
 
Location: alabama.
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when my thyroid went nuts 30 years ago my resting heart rate was over 150 BPM ...i survived it ..
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Southwestern, USA
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Oh brother ...the A-fib folks are in BIG trouble, then.

"... 300 to 600 times per minute (normal adult rate is 60–100 beats per minute)."
Yup, a-fibbers need our prayers.
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Old 06-19-2015, 08:41 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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DH has had three episodes of tachycardia where his heartbeat stayed at 230-240 for at least an hour. He has had extensive follow up with cardiologists and no one has ever said he sustained permanent damage from these episodes. They do leave him wiped out for a few days though.
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