Bp meds effect on exercising.

Q: When I exercise I find that although I feel I am exerting enough and sweating and breathing hard, my heart rate doesn’t go above 100. I take labetalol and hcl every day. Do these BP meds keep the heart rate down? Am I getting any cardio benefit from the exercise if my heart rate isn’t climbing higher?

A: Your blood pressure medicine is the type that can keep your heart from beating fast with exercise. You still benefit from exercise even though you are unable to reach your target heart rate. Listen to your body. You are sweating and breathing hard so your body is working. Trying to do more could be dangerous.

Further Reading:
Exercise Tips for Those With High Blood Pressure

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