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A 45-year-old member asked:

i'm curious as to what does it mean when you can't feel your pulse/heartbeat?

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Dr. John Norris
Cardiac Electrophysiology 35 years experience
Nothing: Most patients have "low cardiac awareness, " meaning that they can't feel their heart beating normally. Anyone can be trained to take their pulse by feeling the (radial) artery at the wrist, or by gently feeling the carotid artery in the neck. The feeling of the pulse in those locations is generated by the (normal) heartbeat. Not feeling your heart beating in the chest is normal.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can heartrate be an indicator of gender?

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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics and Gynecology 19 years experience
No: Unfortunately heartrate does not indicate a particular sex. Neither does spoon tests, size or shape of your bump. Even ultrasounds can be wrong.
A 51-year-old member asked:

What is a normal heartrate for 51 year old person?

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Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Depends: It depends on conditioning but a normal resting heart rate is between 60 and 100 - higher if poorly conditioned, lower if in particularly good shape and a high exerciser.
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A 24-year-old female asked:

Does it mean i'm out of shapeif I have trouble keeping my hr in an aerobic zone?127. Even when i'm going 2.5 mph on the elliptical my hris at 150.

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Deconditioning: Your predicted heart rate on a treadmill with good intensity exercise should be 70% of (220 - your age). If you are 20, then your heart rate should be 70% of 200, or 140. If your heart is going 150, then you're a little bit above your target heart rate, but below your maximal heart rate of 200. As you get better conditioned, your heart rate for a given level of exertion should go down.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How will my doctor examine me for a fast heartrate?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Varies: They will do an ekg to look for an accessory pathway (wpw). He/she'll look at any medicines you may be taking. The doc may want to record your heart rhythm for 24 hours or longer to see how fast you go. Sometimes treadmill exercise can be a helpful test. An echo is often helpful. There are other, more sophisticated testing that is sometimes necessary.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What might affect your pulse measurement?

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Dr. Aj Rastogi
Pain Management 18 years experience
Activity or at Rest?: If a fast pulse (tachycardia = more than 100 beats per minute) is after activity, stress, associated with pain then it is normal. If it occurs all of a sudden at random, especially if it is associated with other symptoms undergo an ekg and reviewing diagnoses with your pcp or cardiologist.

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