I have PFO. Does anyone out there know if this would have any affect on my heart rate during cardio? I currently do cardio on my elipse at a speed of 2.0 mph. My heart rate climbs to 150 bpm within the first 10 minutes and fluctuates between 150 and 160 for the remaining 50 minutes.

Any thoughts. I am wondering if I just am that out of shape or if the PFO affects my heart rate.

Gosh, I think I would ask your healthcare provider about this. And if he/she thinks you need any restrictions related to it.
As Catherine said this condition needs to be evaluated by a cardiologist. Some PFO's can be small and benign but others can cause migraines etc. I would hold off on any cardio until You see the Doctor.

Keep us posted and Good Luck


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