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11 Apr 2006

heart rate
my son is 28 years old and a very large frame young man. he weighs about 270 pounds and is 6'2" tall. His heart rate even when resting is around 110 to 112 to 117 I am very worried about him. His daddy had a heart attack and 3 by-passes then had 3 stints, his uncle died at age 43 from a sudden heart attack. His grandparents died 9 months apart with both having heart attacks and my father died at age 67 from a massive heart attack. Also just last week the uncle that died at 43 (his son now age 43 had a heart attack with lots of muscle damage. I have made my son an appoinment with his Dad's cardiologist. Was I right to be afraid for him???
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Worried Mother
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HeartDoc

01 Jan 0001


Dear Jbird,

Yes, I think it is wise to have your sons examined by a cardiologist. He has a stroing family history and is thus at risk.

Using the height and weight you quote, his BMI works out at 34.5 – that is very obese. That alone gives him a huge risk, but combined with his raised pulse rate and history, his risk is great indeed.

You are doing the right thing to get him to a cardiologist before he runs into trouble.

Good luck.

HeartDoc
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