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A 26-year-old male asked:

when sitting or laying for a period of time, is it normal to stand up and feel my heart beat a little harder than normal for a few beats and then go back to normal?

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Dr. Marvin Ott
Emergency Medicine 20 years experience
Normal response: When you stand, gravity causes the blood pressure to your brain to drop slightly. To counter this, your heart rate increases to maintain the same amount of blood flow. Sometimes older people will get lightheaded or pass out because their heart can't compensate quite as quickly. Hope this helps!
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Transient BP: When we stand up, our blood pressure transiently drops a little. Heart rate increases as a normal response to re-distribute blood faster. Without this mechanism, fainting can occur.

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