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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   can a lot heart rate of about 55 affect lung capacity. I'm 71 years old and did a lot of jogging. I have had recent problems with some bronchitis.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   HR of 55 is not very high
Doctor :   a HR of above 100 is considered as high
Doctor :   But at 71 yrs, it is common to have lung issues like bronchitis either due to reduced immunity and asthma, OR as a result of COPD
Doctor :   can you explain your problems a bit more ?
Doctor :   Are you there ?
Doctor :   Are you there ?
User :   sorry i meant low heart rate of 55. despite my good conditioning i have been getting only 80% capacity on my breathing test.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   is this HR at rest or at severe activity?
Doctor :   80% of breathing capacity, could be due to conditions like COPD, or restrictive lung diseases
User :   this is at rest. when i exercise i can get it up to about 120
Doctor :   In that case this is ok,
Doctor :   usually at rest, the metabolic rate is reduced and the body energy needs are low
Doctor :   so the heart rate can be lower
Doctor :   But if the HR is less than 40, then it could be a sign or heart disease
Doctor :   and may indicate conditions of signal issues with the heart nerves and may need a pacemaker etc
Doctor :   do you take any medications , or have any other medical conditions ?
User :   i have been using spiriva but this has had some side affects although it does help
Doctor :   were you a smoker before ?
User :   yes 25 years ago
Doctor :   so this could be a sign that, you have chronic bronchitis,
Doctor :   have your symptoms been increased anytime in the recent past ?
User :   bronchial problems started only about 10 months ago. only previous problem was
User :   congestion and drainage brought about by nose polyps drainage can then sometimes end up in the lungs
Doctor :   ok , in that case, you should take prophylactic antihistamines like zyrtec to reduce your congestion, mucomix to reduce the thick secretions and tussin DM to reduce the cough
Doctor :   along with this you need to take your spiriva as prescribed
Doctor :   Are you there ? Have you followed my advice ?
Doctor :   I hope i have cleared any doubts you might have had
User :   i recently cut back spririva from daily to every other day and a now take claritin which seems to have improved the drainage problem although i do notice some difference since reducing spiriva . i wouldrather have nose congestion than drainage to chest
Doctor :   it seems that the time has run out
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me here
Doctor :   please log in if you have any additional query
Doctor :   take care and bye for now
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