Atenolol, high blood pressure and dancing

Q:  I am on atenolol for high bp but I love to dance very fast. Will this affect my performance? It is my only real pleasure I have at 73. My heart rate is 120 plus beats per min. I am also on lisonipril 40mg and suffer from high anxiety.

A: The target heart rate during exercise for your age group is between 75 and 128.

Since you are on a medicine that blocks the ability of your heart to respond during exercise, it would be better is you keep your heart rate in the low end of this range. This is especially true when you are dancing consecutive numbers.

You should ask your doctor for a more specific recommendation as he/she knows your general fitness level and other health problems. The American Heart Association Website provides information on target heart rates and exercise for different age ranges.

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