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    Rode to Blood Bank, Pulse too high...

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    Hi everybody.

    Other day, rode 12 miles to the local Red Cross Blood Center, as is my usual.

    After about twenty minutes, my pulse was above 110
    Five minutes later, 108, aboe the 100 upper limit.

    BP was okay 130/70, 120/70 is about my usual.

    I am out of shape, not having ridden much lately and also fatter than ever, above 210.
    I know I need to get more exercise and lose weight, no questions there.

    Wierd thing is I felt fine, even when my pulse was elevated.
    No idea what my current resting pulse rate is.

    Thoughts?
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    Many years ago I stopped giving blood. My reason was that they wouldn't take it anymore because my blood pressure was too high. A couple of decades later, I finally decided that I wanted to get fitter since it was starting to intefere with my ability to enjoy my interests.

    The result of six months of cycling? Resting heart rate has dropped from 110 to 68. My blood pressure now averages about 125/74, I will not mention what it was before since most wouldn't believe it.

    In short, if your happy with your life, don't sweat it. If your not, simply ride more and get in better shape. Either way be happy with your choices.

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    i've been sent home after trying to give blood during a stressful day at work. at least you can blame yours on exercise

    now i have to answer "have you ever been turned away..." when i give blood
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    Have you ridden to give blood before? Do you ride home after?

    I rode after giving blood this summer and even though the skin was healed all the way, the vein wasn't. After 2 miles I noticed that my arm felt funny, so I looked down to see that I had a huge mass of blood under my skin. It took like 3 weeks to heal.

    12 miles is really far to ride after giving blood.
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    I rode to work, then over to the donor site in hot weather. They couldn't get the blood flowing (dehydrated) and that shot my stress level higher. That was over a year ago, I need to try again.
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    Couple of years ago I had to get the BP checked daily. Doctors is about 1 mile away and the first day I drove to the surgery- BP was higher than they wanted. Next couple of days I walked and BP was acceptable. Next day I drove again and it was high. Next day I went on a 5 mile ride and then went to get it checked. BP was way down.

    But they never checked the pulse.- good job they didn't as I reckon it did not drop below 120 on the days I did not use the car. And on the days I used the car I may have been stressed out by having a 10 minute walk take 20 minutes.
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    Drink more Red Bull.
    Eat more fried chicken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MitchL View Post
    Have you ridden to give blood before? Do you ride home after?

    I rode after giving blood this summer and even though the skin was healed all the way, the vein wasn't. After 2 miles I noticed that my arm felt funny, so I looked down to see that I had a huge mass of blood under my skin. It took like 3 weeks to heal.

    12 miles is really far to ride after giving blood.
    Mitch,

    Yes, I have donated before (they just cannot get enough O negative)

    I usually ride both ways, so yes, 12 mile ride after donating. No problem.

    Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by MitchL View Post
    ...
    I rode after giving blood this summer and even though the skin was healed all the way, the vein wasn't. After 2 miles I noticed that my arm felt funny, so I looked down to see that I had a huge mass of blood under my skin. It took like 3 weeks to heal. ...
    Subcutaneous hematoma is a major concern following blood donation, which is why they advise against weight lifting for 24 hours. Bicycling is probably OK unless you are using your arms heavily, as in out-of-saddle climbing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John E View Post
    Subcutaneous hematoma is a major concern following blood donation, which is why they advise against weight lifting for 24 hours. Bicycling is probably OK unless you are using your arms heavily, as in out-of-saddle climbing.
    Yeah I learned the hard way to take their advice seriously. I was using my arms alot to get more power climbing hills. It was a long healing process. And even though I didn't actually injure the muscles or anything, it felt like a real bruise and my arm was sore the whole time.
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    Maybe try some deep breathing or meditation before you go to donate next time? Or ride a bit slower on your bike (cruising pace) so your heart rate doesn't get so elevated.

    I started getting turned down because my iron was too low. I would take iron supplements the week before and I still was too low. Finally one of the nurses noticed my hands were cold and she had me warm them up and I scored high on the iron range. I haven't had any problems since because I always make sure to warm my hand before they stick me for the iron test.



    Quote Originally Posted by John E View Post
    Subcutaneous hematoma is a major concern following blood donation, which is why they advise against weight lifting for 24 hours. Bicycling is probably OK unless you are using your arms heavily, as in out-of-saddle climbing.
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    I'm a 6-gallon donor, but I finally had to quit because it took 3-4 days before I could ride without keeling over. If blood doping is the opposite of what I felt after donating, I want some!

    Anyway, if you pulse doesn't go down at least into the low 90s within a few minutes of getting off the bike and sitting down to rest, then there's something going on. Too much Red Bull, or possibly a heart problem. I'd at least monitor it, and see a doc if it doesn't clear up!

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    My wife and I are regular donors, but since last December, have been unable to donate because of the trip we took to the Dominican Republic. Only certain parts of the island preclude you from donating, and sure enough, the resort we were at is on the list.
    We'll be able to donate again in mid December, so long as we don't contract malaria in the meantime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    I'm a 6-gallon donor, but I finally had to quit because it took 3-4 days before I could ride without keeling over. If blood doping is the opposite of what I felt after donating, I want some!

    Anyway, if you pulse doesn't go down at least into the low 90s within a few minutes of getting off the bike and sitting down to rest, then there's something going on. Too much Red Bull, or possibly a heart problem. I'd at least monitor it, and see a doc if it doesn't clear up!
    Thanks Blazing Pedals,

    I will certainly be paying attention and will bring it up with my doc just as soon as I have medical insurance again.

    Jeff, still fat and now featuring a higher pulse rate

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