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A 24-year-old female asked:

My heart currently is at 100bpm i've been diagnosed with a anxiety disorder my dr suggested to take a quarter propranolol if my heart goes to 100bpm, i have a healthy heart and im not frightened by the fast heart beat anymore should i still take it?

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Dr. Anthony McDonald
Hospital-based practice 10 years experience
You can try breathing exercises or carotid massage to try and decrease HR. If that doesn’t work, I would take the propranolol as prescribed. Propranolol can have some anxiolytic effects by slowing heart rate. I would continue to monitor your HR and BP. 100 bpm isn’t terribly elevated, but as a resting HR, could become problematic in the long run and prolonged elevated HR can lead to heart failure.
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