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Heart Rate 240
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
Heart rate of 240 beats per min on ECG in emergency dept. Diagnosed with svt. What can I expect from my appointment with the cardiologist?
See answer: Svt is a common clinical condition that occurs in persons of all age groups. The cardiologist will take a detailed hx and limited physical exam to help determine possible cause or precipitating factors. He will likely order some blood tests, resting ekg, and possible echocardiogram and/or 24-hr holter monitoring to again help determine the cause but also to try to capture the svt to determine type. ...Read more
Slow heart beat: If you don't have any symptoms like dizziness, pre-syncope, syncope or fatigue or chest pain or shortness of breath, then you are ok. But you complained of chest pain. Hence it should be treated. Its etiology should be elicited. Thyroid problems and blocks in heart arteries should be ruled out. Consult your physician. ...Read more
Usually nothing: A heart rate of 57 is usually normal especially if you are active and exercise frequently. However, if your hr has suddenly dropped to the 50's it could mean something. Certain rhythm issues or medications can cause slow heart rates. Often these people will have dizziness, fatigue, or near fainting associated with this. If you are concerned your doctor should be able to help you figure it out. ...Read more
Normal resting heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats every minute. Too slow or too fast a heartrate may indicate an underlying problem.
People in good physical shape may have a slower resting heart rate than 60. ...Read more