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louloutinks

Heart Rate Slows Down On Bending Over...does Yours?

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Hi ladies,

I have noticed that if I stand from sitting and keep still (as all of us do!) my heart rate climbs to around 130-140 and stays that way, but if I bend over whilst standing my heart rate drops - not to as low as it would if I sat down but it still drops.

Any explanations??!!

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Yes, mine does too. My guess is we're bringing blood back to the heart when we lean forward- countering some of the abdominal pooling, so the heart doesn't have to work as hard to bring blood back up. Or I also noticed bending over tightens the calves a bit - could be that, but I'm leaning more towards the first explanation. Squatting also instantly drops my heartrate. I'd be interested to hear alternate explanations - this is something I've wondered about too.

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Its the Baro receptors in your heart and neck. When they are stretched from increased pressure (such as from increased blood flow when bending forward) they fire rapidly which raises BP and drops heart rate. When you stand back up they release so your Bp drops and hr picks up. You likely also feel light headed once you stand up straight after ( it is from the compensatory Bp drop). This actually happens to everyone when they bend over but the reaction is more intense in pots because those receptors seem to be over sensitive.

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