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Normal adult pulse rate?

Normal adult pulse rate?

60-100 bpm.: Assuming the underlying heart rhythm is normal, a heart rate between 60 and 100 bpm would be considered normal at rest. Would go above 100 temporarily with activity, and may be under 60 at rest in someone who’s athletic. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


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2 yr o asthmatic with bronchitis and RSV on inhaled albuterol every 3 hrs. Pulse ox 180/92 and temp 103. Is her heart rate too high even for albut?

2 yr o asthmatic with bronchitis and RSV on  inhaled albuterol every 3 hrs. Pulse ox 180/92 and temp 103. Is her heart rate too high even for albut?

Safety of Albuterol: With the numbers you give, I am assuming that the child is being treated in the hospital. If so, with good nursing monitoring, continued use of albuterol should be safe. The heart rate goes up with fever as well as the medication. Children generally tolerate high rates. If the child is not in the hospital, struggling with the numbers you give, he/she certainly should be checked again. ...Read more

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How does asthma affect routine measurements: blood pressure, pulse rate, breathing rate, etc.?

How does asthma affect routine measurements: blood pressure, pulse rate, breathing rate, etc.?

None: In an asthmatic under good control none of these measurements should not be effected. ...Read more

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Low bp, high pulse rate, will stockings help in maintaining normal bp.

Low bp, high pulse rate, will stockings help in maintaining normal bp.

Likely not: Probably not. But no harm trying, and if so, benign intervention with little downside. Support stockings are most useful in people suffering from orthostatic hypotension, a condition in which BP drops when standing. Most often seen in longstanding diabetics. ...Read more

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Normal oxygen saturation level on pulse oximeter?

Normal oxygen saturation level on pulse oximeter?

Normal for what?: At sea level at rest in a healthy person, between 95-99%, depending on the instrument. ...Read more

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High blood pressue averages 175/180. Diastlolic average low 60. Pulse rate average 50 at rest. Have been prescribed 5mg amlodipine . Is this ok? 67

High blood pressue averages 175/180.  Diastlolic average low 60. Pulse rate average 50 at rest.  Have been prescribed 5mg amlodipine .  Is this ok? 67

Amlodipine for BP: 70 M BP 180/60 prescribed amlodipine 5 mg. OK? I specialize in high BP. I and guidelines would generally do following but check with ur team. First get a number of readings with home device that is accurate on u. See my checklist. Then if above 140 at your age begin DASH eating plan See my checklist. BP not ...Read more

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Why would blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rate increased during a severe asthma attack?

Why would blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rate increased during a severe asthma attack?

Low oxygen & stress: The respiratory rate increases due to low oxygen in the blood. The increase in pulse and BP are the body's response to stress. ...Read more

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Heart beat very fast followed by hand shaking? Pulse 94bpm at rest. Blood pressure 90/69. Tsh, t4, T3 (liothyronine) normal. Cbc and differential count is normal too.

Heart beat very fast followed by hand shaking? Pulse 94bpm at rest. Blood pressure 90/69. Tsh, t4, T3 (liothyronine) normal. Cbc and differential count is normal too.

Cannot diagnose: Would have to see and examine you and perhaps see your electrocardiogram to even begin to guess what may be going on. Since a doctor has ordered thyroid functions you are being evaluated. Discuss this with the doctor. Hope it clears up soon. ...Read more

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Blood Pressure: 117/68 Resting Heart Rate Sitting: 75bpm - 85bpm Exercise everyday. Friend's sitting resting heart: 70bpm - 75bpm why? Heart Disease?

Blood Pressure: 117/68
Resting Heart Rate Sitting: 75bpm - 85bpm
Exercise everyday.  Friend's sitting resting heart: 70bpm - 75bpm why? Heart Disease?

Variation: There can be a lot of variation between individuals resting heart rates. In general, the more "fit" you are cardiovascular wise, the lower your resting heart rate will be; so you friend may be a bit more "fit" than you. But in reality that's a very small difference and if many factors may contribute to day to day variations. Neither of those heart rate ranges suggest "heart disease". ...Read more

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If someone is having a heart attack. Would the pulse oximeter show an oxygen sat level below normal range?

If someone is having a heart attack. Would the pulse oximeter show an oxygen sat level below normal range?

Not necessarily: If the heart attack is huge, the heart will not pump effectively and blood will not circulate normally, causing a low oxygen saturation. More commonly, the heart attack will be smaller and the heart will continue to pump effectively enough to get blood to the lungs and then to the body, keeping the oxygen saturation normal. ...Read more

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Is severe ectopic heart beats dangerous w/ lack of oxygen to the heart w/ pulm stenosis, h murmur and severe asthma? Pulse is 120+ w/ heart medicine.

Is severe ectopic heart beats dangerous w/ lack of oxygen to the heart w/ pulm stenosis, h murmur and severe asthma? Pulse is 120+ w/ heart medicine.

Too complicated: In general the answer would be no, but your situation is quite complicated and you will need to discuss with your doc or cardiologist. ...Read more

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Panic attack causing borderline high pulse rate?

Panic attack causing borderline high pulse rate?

Probably Not: When you are in the middle of a panic attack, there is usually an increase in heart rate. However, this increase does not usually continue after the panic attack ends. If you havfe a consistently high, or even "borderline high" heart rate, it is probably due to something else. One possibility would be a persistent presence of stress and anxiety in addition to specific episodes of panic. ...Read more

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What causes shortness of breath and elevated pulse rate, but blood oxygen is ok?

What causes shortness of breath and elevated pulse rate, but blood oxygen is ok?

SOB : Shortness of breath is a physical sensation of increased work of breathing, it can happen with normal po2, pulse goes up with exercise, it isn't unusual for both things to happen together when exercising. ...Read more

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Why would pulse and respiratory rate increased during a severe asthma attack?

Why would  pulse and respiratory rate increased during a severe asthma attack?

Low oxygen...: During an asthma exacerbation the body is trying to get enough oxygen via the blood to all critical organs. So, by increasing the respiratory rate, more oxygen can enter the body via the lungs. By increasing the heart rate, more blood can be circulated so more oxygen can be delivered. Both are compensation mechanisms the body uses to insure adequate oxygen delivery. ...Read more

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