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A forum member reported that a doctor had suggested at a conference that exercise is a good idea, but if the HR goes above 220 – your age, you should stop.
This adds to my thoughts that the medical profession has no idea how to treat athletes with AF. Firstly, I have to assume that the doctor was considering 220-age to be Max HR, which is nonsense. If this is the case, their advice is that a high intensity level of exercise is not a bad thing unless (until) you have an AF attack, so I should be allowed an HR up to my previously tested max HR of 187 (20 beats above the 220-age calculation).
My cardiologist suggested that I am OK to exercise hard, but had forbidden me from taking part in racing or interval training. I have translated this to mean that I should keep my HR below 165, my previously defined aerobic limit.
165 is actually 220 minus my age, but this is entirely a coincidence. On the plus side, either way, I am not pushing myself too hard.