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Baby has rapid heart rate of 160!?

Baby has rapid heart rate of 160!?

How old is your baby: A heart rate of 160 can be perfectly normal in a newborn baby and with activity or fever in babies up to several months of age, so it all depends on how old your baby is and whether there have been changes in the baby's appetite or degree of alertness. Consult your pediatrician if your baby is otherwise happy playful and eating well or have him checked asap in an er if he is not stable. ...Read more

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Heart Rate (Definition)

Heart rate is a measurement of the number of times a person's heart beats in one minute. Normal heart rates vary with a person's age and with excitement and exercise. Abnormal heart rates are too slow, too fast, and/or irregular (too much ...Read more


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Do symptoms like rapid heart rate go away quickly?

Do symptoms like rapid heart rate go away quickly?

Depends on cause.: Depend on cause of symptoms...Difficult to answer in this format. See a doctor if frequent or if associated with lightheadedness, chest discomfort, or shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What to do if I have rapid heart rate should I been concern?

What to do if I have rapid heart rate should I been concern?

Rapid heart rate: If you have a resting heart rate in excess of 100 beats a minute, an evaluation of why is appropriate. Fear and anxiety isn't needed but an explanation of why the elevated resting rate is needed. ...Read more

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What causes spontaneous rapid heart rate and what are the dangers?

What causes spontaneous rapid heart rate and what are the dangers?

A number of things: It many be that your heart rate increases from factors as simple as drinking too much coffee, or simply being tired or anxious. In some people, a conduction variation in the heart will suddenly bump the rate up. If you have shortness of breath, faintness, dizziness, lightheadedness, or chest/jaw/shoulder pain, get to the ER or call 911. ...Read more

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I have a very rapid heart rate what does it mean for the shortrun?

Rapid heart rate: Rapid heart rate (tachycardia) means the heart beats at more than 100 per minute. It could just bebenign transient (physical activity, anxiety). Its persistence can be brought on by shock (profuse blood loss, toxic infection) or a disruption of the electrical rhythm of the heart (atrial or ventricular tachycardia). The latter conditions are serious and need immediate evaluation by a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Who can help answer questiosn or provide me with infomration about a rapid heart rate?

Who can help answer questiosn or provide me with infomration about a rapid heart rate?

Heart rate: Most resting heart rate normals are 80 to 100 bpm. Some people's resting heart rate is higher. Abnormal reasons for higher resting heart rate include anemia, hyperthyroidism, fever, ongoing inflammation or infection, dehydration and there is also a pathologic sinus tachycardia condition. You'd need to see a dr. And be evaluated if you're worried about your resting heart rate. ...Read more

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My sister says she has rapid heart rate. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Rapid heart rate: There are many causes of rapid heart rate such as medications, stress, anxiety that carry no risk to other members of the family. There are certain metabolic conditions (overactive thyroid) and rare hereditary tachycardias, but the family risk of these is usually 1% or less. ...Read more

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When should I be concerned of rapid heart rate? Experiencing rapid heart rate for several months

When should I be concerned of rapid heart rate? Experiencing rapid heart rate for several months

The : The medical term for a rapid heart rhythm is tachycardia. There are many different types of tachycardias and their clinical importance depends on several key factors with heart rate being only one of those. Other important variable include the type of tachycardia, patient’s age, other associated health problems, etc. For example, while two people may have the same ‘heart rate’ (say 175 ‘beats per minutes’ or bpm), the prognosis is very different in a young health person who reaches that rate only while running a marathon on a hot day (sinus tachycardia or normal fast heart rhythm) than in a heart attack survivor with a history of heart failure who has just been resuscitated from an out of hospital cardiac arrest secondary to ventricular tachycardia (a life threatening from the bottom chambers of the heart). Other common tachycardias include atrial fibrillation and paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (psvt). While both of these tachycardias involve the upper chambers of the heart, only atrial fibrillation is associated with an increased risk of strokes. In most patients with atrial fibrillation, their stroke risk can be decreased with the use of blood thinners such as warfarin. Among patients with tachycardias, symptoms can range from nothing to palpitations, shortness of breath and passing out to death. While most abnormal heart rhythms can be diagnosed and treated by well-trained primary care physicians, cardiac electrophysiologists (cardiologists specialized in rhythm disturbances) are the experts in this area. ...Read more

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Can diuretics cause rapid heart rate?

Can diuretics cause rapid heart rate?

Electrolytes: In addition to causing hypovolemia, many diuretics can also deplete important electrolytes that keep your heart rate steady. Very low levels of potassium and magnesium, especially, can be dangerous. Talk to the diuretic prescriber about checking and replacing your electrolyte levels, while using diuretics. ...Read more

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Can diabetes cause a rapid heart rate?

Can diabetes cause a rapid heart rate?

Yes: Muliple mechanisms 1. Most common is poor control, relative dehydration 2. Occasionally damage to autonomic nervous system causes loss of parasympathetic modulation of heart beat and fast heart beat 3. Coronary heart disease yieldind intrinsic heart abnormalities. ...Read more

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Why do I keep waking up with a rapid heart rate?

Anxiety: Chronic stress and anxiety will lead to interrupted sleep which will result in arousal with tachycardia. Reducing chronic and anxiety will help. ...Read more

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Can cold medicine cause a rapid heart rate in children?

Can cold medicine cause a rapid heart rate in children?

Possible: If the cold medication contains a decongestant, the decongestant can elevate the heart rate. ...Read more

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I am very tired and I have very rapid heart rate up to 250 bpm?

I am very tired and I have very rapid heart rate up to 250 bpm?

The ER can evaluate: A heart rate over 200 beats per minute is way too fast. If having no other symptoms, one's cardiologist or the ER doctor can evaluate for the cause, to see if an adult truly has heart rate over 200. Heart rates close to 200 may be SVT (supraventricular tachycardia). If feeling any ill symptoms, and one's heart rate is near 200, the wisest thing to do would be to call 911 for the paramedics. ...Read more

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Should i be worried about a sudden rapid heart rate after jumping?

Should i be worried about a sudden rapid heart rate after jumping?

Possibly: It is difficult to know the mechanism when someone feels a rapid heart rate. It is normal to note a more rapid heart rate during exercise, but unusual to feel a sudden onset of rapid heart rate following exercise. An evaluation is indicated. Often times this evaluation will include attempts to record the heart rate at the time of these symptoms. ...Read more

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What to do if I have rapid heart rate. need opinions! doctors can't figure it out?

What to do if I have rapid heart rate. need opinions! doctors can't figure it out?

See EP cardiologist: Many different things can lead to a fast heart rate. If many of the more common problems have been entertained by several doctors, then a heart rhythm specialist (cardiac electrophysiologist) can usually identify the more unusual reasons. ...Read more

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My daughter age 5 month having rapid heart rate about 240 per minute.is this dangerous? mybabys growth and other activity are normal.

My daughter age 5 month having rapid heart rate about 240 per minute.is this dangerous? mybabys growth and other activity are normal.

Yes, it can be: She may have a condition called SVT. The infant can tolerate this for a short period of time, and then becomes very ill very quickly. You have a short time to get her heart regulated before it could start to fail, sometimes rapidly. Sign off and go to ER now. If you live in a city with a Children's Hospital, go there. If not, nearest ER will be fine - they will transfer her if needed. ...Read more

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Rapid heart rate at times without exerting myself and when I do a light workout a well. Hard to catch my breath at times. Please help!

Rapid heart rate at times without exerting myself and when I do a light workout a well. Hard to catch my breath at times. Please help!

see details: There are several possible causes some of which are normal such as poor conditioning or overdoing it. If you be concerned have a cardiologist evaluate you to make sure there is not a more serious problem. ...Read more

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Palpitations (Definition)

Heart palpitations are a clinical finding in which a person feels his heart beating strongly, feels his heart beating fast, or both. This can occur with anxiety disorders or heart conditions including ...Read more