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I'm on Beta Blockers which control my BP well.

Tags: activity , exercise , heart

I'm on Beta Blockers which control my BP well. They slow my pulse rate so when I swim it is impossible to raise my pulse rate, is there any point?

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The answer

Yes there is every point. It is true that one thing we tell people to do is regular exercise which increases their pulse rate but this is simply one indication that the exercise is, literally, exercising our heart and lungs more than if we were simply watching TV. Because beta blockers lower the pulse rate this doesn’t stop your exercise from being just as beneficial as it would be if you weren’t on them.

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