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10 Aug 2007

Headaches and Heartrates???
Hi there.

Geez, i am just full of questions...aren't I?

Anyway, I ran yesterday morning, I did about 4.61km. To me, this is the farthest I've gone so far, seeing as I am working my way up.
But since yesterday, after I ran, I've got a headache that won't go away. It's right infront of my head, between my eyes and my hairline. a Needle like pain. I did push myself a bit harder than normal, and my h/r shot up to 210 but fell back quickly. Is this headache normal? and will it damage my heart muscles if my h/r goes up liike that. My max h/r is about 196.?

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01 Jan 0001

HI Kitty

Dealing with heart rate first (because it's easier), there's no risk to having a high heart rate, provided it's not a sign of some sort of electrical problem in the heart. but if this happened, you'd know all about it anyway, and it sounds from your description that your heart rate followed quite a stable pattern. What's bad is if the heart rate suddenly spikes, goes from 160 to 220, for example, and then down, then up. If it builds up gradually as you run, and responds to running faster by going up more, then it's no problem, it's normal.

The heart is quite capable of handling that. I'm curious though that your max heart rate is 196 - how do you know that? Is that based on your age? Because that equation can be inaccurate, and so I'd say your max heart rate is 210. One other thing to bear in mind is that when a heart rate monitor receives electrical inteference, it tends, for some reason to go to about 210, or 234. So sometimes, the 210 is not really your heart rate, it's just that you're picking up interference. Is that possible here?

Now, for the headache. Possibly energy insufficiency, or blood pressure issues. If I had to guess (and this is a guess) I would say blood pressure. A drop in Blood pressure, or a rise, could both cause a headache, but that usually goes away pretty soon after. Hopefully by now it has disappeared. I'd keep an eye on that, next time you run and see what happens. If it becomes a regular thing, then I'd have it checked out, it's always better to be safe than sorry. But I suspect it's just a once off thing and won't happen again.
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