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In stressful situations, what is the average heart rate?

In stressful situations, what is the average heart rate. I had to do an activity where I put myself in a stressful situation (rush hour traffic) and my heart rate fluctuated a lot, is this normal? It began at 92, peaked at 141 after 27 minutes, and then reached 116 at 51 minutues.
Mon, 31 Aug 2015
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Welcome and thank you for asking on HCM!

I understand your concern, and would like to explain that your heart rate seems to be perfectly normal for physical exercise.

You should know that during physical exercise the levels of catecholamines (adrenaline and noradrenaline) raise in your blood, leading to tachycardia and even ectopic heart beats.

These levels fluctuate during physical exercise (the balance between the production and metabolisation) , leading to modifications of the heart rate.

But in your it seems to be everything within the normal limits.

So there is nothing to worry about.

Hope to have been helpful!

Best wishes,

Dr. Iliri
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