High resting heart rate

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Earlier this year I had MVR - St Judes Mechanical Valve. Due to infective Endocarditis

Ever since I woke up my surgery (close to 7 months ago) my resting HR Is between 90 - 100 bpm. Pre-surgery it was about 60 - 70. My surgeon / doctor have no issues and aren't worried.

Has anyone else gone through this! Why is it happening?
 

Superman

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I know after my last heart surgery my resting heart rate stayed elevated for a long time. Up over 90 for sure. I don’t remember how long. Take that as a positive. I’m sitting around 57 or so these days. It’s been 9 years.
 

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Hi

Elevated HR after surgery is common, Heart surgery is very stressful to the body.

Have you been given any beta blockers Post surgery ? is your HR just elevated or do you suffer with Afib ?

The rate should settle with time once everything calms down, 7 months is still pretty new.

My experience before my AVR was resting pulse ~ 60
post surgery for around 6 months ~ 80 with Afib

fast forward 8 years , pulse ~ 48 - 50

I was on beta blockers for 6 months after surgery this calmed things down it sort of gives your Heart a holiday so it can recovery from the trauma.

I found things were settled around 12 months post opp

Wishing you all the best with your recovery
 

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My resting heart rate has always been 100 or higher. I take the beta blocker Metoprolol. The research assistant I saw on 10/12 on my research study follow up was concerned because it was 103 at that time (I'd forgotten to take my Metroprolol that morning). She said it would be a red flag to the research team. I told her I wasn't worried because my HR just seems to be high in general. Are you on a beta blocker?
 

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. . . Or you could have a post-op experience like mine.

Pre-surgery, my RHR was in the mid to high 40's. We attributed it to over 30 years of daily running/jogging.
Then came AVR surgery.
After surgery, to make a long story short, my resting heart rate was sometimes zero! Trust me, it is no fun to watch your own hospital monitor go "flat-line." I had so many long pauses (up to 20-30 seconds) that I now have a pacemaker. It is set to a minimum RHR of 60 BPM.

I'll bet that your heart rate will gradually diminish, especially as your general health and fitness come back to baseline.
 

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