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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

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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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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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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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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