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Can the thumb be used for measuring heart rate?

Can the thumb be used for measuring heart rate?

Possibly: Any sensory appendage can be attempted as long as one is able to sense the pulsations properly and not confuse their own pulse with that of the person being assessed. Typically the index finger and tumbrels finger is utilized. ...Read more

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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Would you think that one with hypertension (non-medicated) would tend to have a faster heart rate? Would this go hand-in-hand in most cases?

Would you think that one with hypertension (non-medicated) would tend to have a faster heart rate? Would this go hand-in-hand in most cases?

Blood pressure: The level of BP need not correlate with heart rate and in fact in most circumstances the heart rate will be normal. ...Read more

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Why does a deep breathe increase my heart rate. I felt this while I had my hand on my chest. Why does this happen and is it normal?

Why does a deep breathe increase my heart rate. I felt this while I had my hand on my chest. Why does this happen and is it normal?

Breath fast heart: 31 M asks why does deep breathe increase my heart rate. Guess he cannot search the web? A detailed answer is beyond 400 letters. Recommend you go to www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov and see PMC 1609007 Breathing and control of heart rate.
Always do a web search before coming here and look for nih references for details. ...Read more

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I had a neck twitch or, which I could feel with hand and I think I could have seen it move, the move was once close with my heart rate. HR was normal?

I had a neck twitch or, which I could feel with hand and I think I could have seen it move, the move was once close with my heart rate. HR was normal?

Probably you're..: Feeling the pulse in your carotid artery. This pulse can always be felt if you press your fingers over the right spot in your neck. Sometimes it's visible as well. Unless the person has a serious heart rhythm problem, it's always in sync with the heartbeat. Well, there's a slight delay, but most people can't detect that. In any case, it's reassuring to know that you have a pulse. ...Read more

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Tightening of hand and left arm, along with anxiety. Increased heart rate. Is this anxiety related or more serious?

Tightening of hand and left arm, along with anxiety. Increased heart rate. Is this anxiety related or more serious?

Arm symptoms: It is important to exclude serious pathology before ascribing to anxiety;go see a physician ASAP or connect via Health Tap prime concierge ...Read more

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What if my heart rate is 126 at resting and my left hand go numb and my lips getting numb?

Need: ER Evaluation and more detailed medical history as well as history of mental illness like panic attacks ...Read more

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Irregular heartbeat and rapid heart rate. Feels like someone's hand is squeezing around my heart. 24/F/Obese many dr trips say all is ok but worried?

Irregular heartbeat and rapid heart rate. Feels like someone's hand is squeezing around my heart. 24/F/Obese many dr trips say all is ok but worried?

Any testing?: Given the feeling of heart beat irregularity, depending on how often this happens, your best bet (if not already done) would be to wear an event recorder. It's a heart monitor that you can wear for upwards of a month. With this, we can capture these sensations as you're experiencing them and see what the heart is doing at that moment. ...Read more

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I have slightly high heart rate and higher than normal red. Could second hand smoking contribute to high red blood cell count?

I have slightly high heart rate and higher than normal red. Could second hand smoking contribute to high red blood cell count?

Chronic lung disease: Second hand smoking can cause chronic lung diseases. Chronic lung diseases can stimulate the bone marrow to make more red blood cells to compensate for a chronic hypoxia status. So yes, you can have high red blood cell count in this case. ...Read more

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Have had radioactive iodine for modular hyperthyroid 10months ago. Last labs show low hypo now. Having hand tremors and fast heart rate hypo related?

Have had radioactive iodine for modular hyperthyroid 10months ago. Last labs show low hypo now. Having hand tremors and fast heart rate hypo related?

Needs evaluation: The tremors and fast heart beat would be associated with hyperthyroidism, and the hypothyroid status suggests this is not the most likely answer. This could be very complex, and you need to see an endocrinologist ASAP. ...Read more

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Temp 97.1-99.4. Heart rate 90-120. Cold hands but I feel hot. Infection in hand. Will it go away? Is it sepsis? Had i&d <1mo ago. No redness but fluid

Temp 97.1-99.4. Heart rate 90-120. Cold hands but I feel hot. Infection in hand. Will it go away? Is it sepsis? Had i&d <1mo ago. No redness but fluid

Infected hand: Return to your doctor. Infection may still be present in the remaining fluid which the doctor might want to culture. ...Read more

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Very mild pain in chest for over a week, on and off nerve feeling pains in hand then jaw then back. DR said xray, bloodtest, ECG, heart rate, BP fine?

Very mild pain in chest for over a week, on and off nerve feeling pains in hand then jaw then back. DR said xray, bloodtest, ECG, heart rate, BP fine?

Chest discomfort: The possibility of a cardiac cause of your symptoms has not been fully excluded;go back to see the doctor and ask him why you have the symptoms despite normal tests so far ; The cause needs to be established ...Read more

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When I exercise and my heart rate goes up I get tingling sensations and numbness in my arms, hand, feet and toes. I eat healthy and no other issues.

When I exercise and my heart rate goes up I get tingling sensations and numbness in my arms, hand, feet and toes. I eat healthy and no other issues.

HV sensitivity?: Respiratory rate goes up too, no doubt. The problem may be due to respiratory alkylosis from blowing off your carbon dioxide. Try re-breathing your CO2 with a paper bag before you see a doctor. ...Read more

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Hi I get very nervous/excited feeling in my stomach, fast heart rate, tingly left hand, sob, headache, dizzy, blurry vision. Not thyroid/heart/anxiety?

Hi I get very nervous/excited feeling in my stomach, fast heart rate, tingly left hand, sob, headache, dizzy, blurry vision. Not thyroid/heart/anxiety?

Everything at once?: Do all of these symptoms occur at the same time? Are they constant or episodic?

Tingling in the left hand, that may be easiest to explain. Which fingers does it affect?

Headache can be caused by a lot of things. Can you describes anything else about this? Maybe separately. ...Read more

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I have rapid heart rate, diarrhea, extreme weight loss, fatigue, hand tremors, high blood pressure, too hot, red chest and hands. What could it be?

I have rapid heart rate, diarrhea, extreme weight loss, fatigue, hand tremors, high blood pressure, too hot, red chest and hands. What could it be?

See your doctor: Your symptoms could be caused by many things, but hyperthyroidism is high on the list and need to be ruled out. In any case, I agree with dr. Lewy-weiss. The symptoms are not normal and should be evaluated in person with a physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can the heart rate measuring apps on iphone be trusted?

Can the heart rate measuring apps on iphone be trusted?

No: They generally not accurate. The only way an app can really measure heart rate is if it has a way to count feel you pulse directly or a sensor you put on your chest to detect electrical activity of your heart! ...Read more

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Yesterday just once the heart rate of my 4 year boy was 130. Been measuring often and its 118 123 when active. When got up from sleeping it was 88.

Yesterday just once the heart rate of my 4 year boy was 130. Been measuring often and its 118 123 when active. When got up from sleeping it was 88.

? your question is?: The normal sleeping rate range at 4 is 60-90 while the normal alert range is 60-140. Fever, activity or stress can all boost the rate. If you have a specific question, please start over and ask. This is not a chat room and questions are not linked. ...Read more

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Are heart rate phone applications accurate in measuring heart rate?

Are heart rate phone applications accurate in measuring heart rate?

If you mean: Cell phone Apps for heart health, there is no guarantee they are accurate or safe unless approved by the FDA or Food and Drug Administration. They should be used with caution. ...Read more

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I'm 39+2 days pregnant and foetal heart rate is 117 and measuring SGA should I be worried?

I'm 39+2 days pregnant and foetal heart rate is 117 and measuring SGA should I be worried?

How SGA?: Baseline heart rate is normal between 110 to 160 beats per minute, so your baby's heart rate is normal. The timing of delivery for your baby will depends on how growth restricted s/he is. If the baby is very small, has abnormal amniotic fluid, or abnormal Dopplers, your doctor will likely recommend delivery. ...Read more

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I'm supposed to be 7 weeks 5 days (based on iui), and u/s is measuring 7 weeks. Should I be concerned? The heart rate looks great.

I'm supposed to be 7 weeks 5 days (based on iui), and u/s is measuring 7 weeks. Should I be concerned? The heart rate looks great.

Margin of error: A five day difference is within the margin of error. This means that your sonogram confirmed you are right where you thought. ...Read more

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How is the anterior fontanelle useful for assessing hydration and measuring heart rate and intracranial pressure?

How is the anterior fontanelle useful for assessing hydration and measuring heart rate and intracranial pressure?

See below: It requires training to evaluate the state of fontanelle for the purposes you mention and you should leave that to your doctor. See this site for info.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003310.htm. ...Read more

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Ultrasound measured foetus as 6 weeks 2 days one full week after measuring 5 weeks 6 days (just sac). Heart rate 126 I think miscarriage is likely?

Ultrasound measured foetus as 6 weeks 2 days one full week after measuring 5 weeks 6 days (just sac). Heart rate 126 I think miscarriage is likely?

Not necessarily: The fetus is now off by 4 days and the accuracy of us is about 4 days. Since the other measurement was the sac and this is the fetus, the different measurement may examine it all. The sac and the fetus do not always match exactly. The heart rate is normal so likely all is well. In any event, the next scan will be very helpful. Stay positive as these results to not suggest imminent miscarriage. ...Read more

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Had a f/u ultrasound yesterday at 8w1d and baby now measures 7w4d where as last week (exactly one week ago) was measuring 6w3d. 154 heart rate and baby looks "perfect" according to both tech and ob but my gestational sac is an irregular shape. Tech said g

Had a f/u ultrasound yesterday at 8w1d and baby now measures 7w4d where as last week (exactly one week ago) was measuring 6w3d. 154 heart rate and baby looks "perfect" according to both tech and ob but my gestational sac is an irregular shape. Tech said g

Seems ok: If this week it is measuring 7/4 and one week ago it was measuring 6/3, that is appropriate. An irregular gestational shape is non-specific. Heart rate is good and baby looks perfect. Something to be thankful for. ...Read more

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7 weeks pregnant. Scan today baby measuring only 7.8 heart rate slow. Will I miscarry or could it be late implantation?

7 weeks pregnant. Scan today baby measuring only 7.8 heart rate slow. Will I miscarry or could it be late implantation?

Early...: I think it is too early to tell. If your doctor has a planned follow up test please get that done as recommended. I don't think we can predict right now what will happen until the pregnancy progresses a little more. If you start having vaginal bleeding or all the symptoms associated with pregnancy are not present any longer you should be seen immediately. ...Read more

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I have a question regarding measuring heart rate. Can this be measured around the eye/temple area? And will this be an accurate measurement place?

I have a question regarding measuring heart rate. Can this be measured around the eye/temple area? And will this be an accurate measurement place?

Sounds fine: Anywhere in the body where one feels a steady pulse is fine to count the heart rate from. Technically speaking, when people count that way, they are counting the PULSE rate, not the heart rate. In normal people, the pulse rate equals the heart rate, so that is not a problem. In certain heart disorders, however, the heart may have a faster rate than the pulse, meaning some heartbeats don't pulse. ...Read more

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I went in for a second ultrasound at 8 weeks and was told the fetus was measuring 6 weeks with a low heart rate of 86. What chance of miscarriage?

I went in for a second ultrasound at 8 weeks and was told the fetus was measuring 6 weeks with a low heart rate of 86. What chance of miscarriage?

A precise number. .: .... or chance of miscarriage can not be estimated from these reports, but you are right to be concerned about a low heart rate and small fetal size. Both of these ultrasound associated findings can be interpreted as risks for impending miscarriage. I understand waiting and hoping is difficult...I do hope this is just a temporary blip and all will be well. Stay in close touch with your provider. ...Read more

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What is a growth scan for in pregnancy? Will they check my baby's heart? I wanna know the heart rate! What will they measure in this scan? I'm 34weeks

What is a growth scan for in pregnancy? Will they check my baby's heart? I wanna know the heart rate! What will they measure in this scan? I'm 34weeks

Growth scan: A growth scan is an ultrasound to see that the baby is growing appropriately. They will take various measurements from which they will compare to those from a previous ultrasound to be sure they have grown enough and not too much. The baby's heart beat should be checked at each visit and you can ask what it is even without a scan. It should vary just as yours does. Hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more