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How Can I Slow My Heart Rate Down After Smoking
Yes: Meditation does the slow the heart rate. It's not a matter of how. If you can successfully lose yourself in meditation, your heart rate (assuming normal rhythm, not a pathological rhythm like atrial fibrillation or svt) will slow. Self-hypnosis, transcendental meditation, yoga, prayer - all will slow the heart as does sleep (every night!). But it only works while you're doing it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Aerobic fitness: Elite fitness athletes such as track stars have so much vagal tone to the heart that rates 55/minute are common and even lower isn't unusual. There's no other healthy way to reduce your heart rate, or any reason i can think of to want to do it. There is a great deal of misinformation out there. I'd urge you to find an aerobic-fitness sport you like and spend a lot of time at it. Enjoy yourself. ...Read more
See a doctor: The more important question is how fast your heart rate is. If it is under 100 BPM it's probably ok. If it remains above 100 then it needs to be looked into. If it stays above 120 you should go to er. Medications are typically used to slow the hr down. You could try to bear down like you're straining. Hold this for several seconds (val salva). This sometimes works. More important see a doc. ...Read more
Parasympathetic : The hr is influence by sympathetic ( adrenergic) and parasympathetic forces. Adrenergic or sympathetic drive ( fight or flight ) leads to tachycardia and parasympathetic forces leads to bradycardia. When the body relax, there is withdrawal of sympathetic and increase of parasympathetic influence. ...Read more
I was exercising and my heart rate was at 125-132 how come it went down to 80 real fast after i stopped?
Can slow or increase: Standing up quickly causes blood to pool in the legs and causes the blood pressure to drop transiently. How transient depends on how compensated a person is. If dehydrated, elderly, anemic, or diabetic, then the blood pressure can remain depressed and will actually lead to a fast heart rate. The only time that the hr would slow would be if the vagus nerve got activated - vasovagal response. ...Read more
When im nervous I start breathing very fast and my heart starts to beat faster ? What can I take to block that?
Get, not take: Nothing negative meant; however i hope this helps you realize the best is to get a thorough psychiatric exam so that you may understand the cause as well as treatment choice. Most likely discussion of combined use of med. : anti-anxiety and/or antidepressant + psychotherapy. A full physical exam should be incl. To check possible contrib. Cause & effect. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Side effect: That is called tachycardia and is a side effect. It may not be good for you. ...Read more
Little works: Nearsighted will progress through the teens and twenties. It would be unusual to have it progress in the 40's. Do you mean the difficulty you are having with near vision at your age? This is called presbyopia and is due to hardening of the lens. This cannot be stopped but there are many ways to correct it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I cannot donate blood because my resting heart rate is 102. What can I do to reduce my resting heart rate?
HR 102: Some individuals normally have a high HR -has yours always been this way? Would check thyroid function, electrolytes, hydration, avoid caffeine, cocaine, energy drinks, alcohol tobacco, OTC medications with pseduoephrine/ phenylephrine , consider meditation. May need holter to see rate variation, EKG check for WPW, POTS, echocardiogram for structure , f/u/ w /cardiologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
That's a good thing!: A heart that is used to vigorous regular exercise is supposed to slow down quickly after exercise. In fact, having your heart rate going too fast for too long after exercise is sometimes a sign of silent heart disease, even if the person is a well-trained athlete with a slow resting heart rate. Now if you don't exercise regularly & your pulse is under 60bpm, talk to your doctor. That's a problem. ...Read more
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