Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Tequesta, Florida
Bikes: Specialized Roubaix, Giant Hybrid
I will be 57 in about a month. My sitting HR varies from about 37 to 44, depending on the time of day. Yes, it freaks doctors out.
I also sometimes have atrial fibrillation, although I haven't had an episode for 8 or 9 months. The episodes I have usually start at night and end in the morning. The docs have never restricted my exercise, but if I have a sleepless night due to afib, I don't do much.
Before I figured out how to deal with the afib, a doctor stuck me in the hospital with it. They give you meds to slow your HR. The afib stopped, but they continued the intravenous meds. My HR kept going down to around 30, which sets off all sorts of alarms in a cardiac unit. Once I convinced them to stop the IV, my rate was still only in the high 30's, and a nurse told me I needed a pace maker.
Today, I rode a little over 30 miles at an average of 15.2 mph, with an average HR of 108. I think my heart is okay.