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How Fast Is Your Heart Supposed To Beat
Many reasons: There are many reasons for the heart beat to change in rate. Some are abnormal but most are completely normal. Ask your doctor to give you a long term monitor in order to diagnose the cause for your heart rate changes. It will be most likely reassuring to you to find out it is normal for you.
Fast heart beat: What are you doing at the time of the "fast heart beat"? addition symptoms and medical history?
Palpitations: Sounds like you're having extra heart beats. To make the diagnosis need to go see your doc. There are many possible causes
Arrhythmia: It can be a sign of an abnormality in the electrical pathway and is cause for evaluation. Abnormal rapid heart rates can range from 100 beats a minute up to 400 beats a minute and can be relatively harmless or life threatening. Ask your doctor to refer you to a heart rhythm specialist (an electrophysiologist), for further evaluation. Call 911 if passing out, dizziness, chest pain, or breathless.
No: But it's probably not related either.Get a more detailed answer ›
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.
Why fast?: First we need to figure out why its fast and what kind of fast rhythm is it. There are normal fast rhythms (for example when you exercise) and there are many abnormal ones which require medical management. If you could be more specific about the specific type of fast heart rate, might be better able to help you. Good luck!
Brady/tachy: Several medications, drugs, such as caffeine, nicotine, cocaine, etc. All have the potential to cause heart rate issues. Some people can get irregular rhythms form stress. You should get your hear rate issues assessed and a Holter monitor may be helpful in diagnosing what your underlying issue is. Best wishes.
Slow usually: Since the left side of the heart gets blood during relaxation, a slow heart rate allows the heart to be better perfused, and recover. Also a slow heart rate indicates that the muscle is efficient and does not need to work so fast to supply the rest of the body. An excessively slow heart rate or one that is irregular or does not change with exertion is not a positive thing, however.
Rare effect.: For most people, a rapid heart rate is NOT a side effect of QVAR. Other inhaled medicines for asthma, like albuterol, can raise the heart rate - from just a little to a lot which is noticeable. I'd make sure that the heart rate increase is really from *this* drug, and if so and it's bothersome, consider a change in the medication.
Not fast: Walking has a conditioning effect on the heart, in that, at the same level of exercise, the heart will gradually train itself to do the same amount of work at a lower heart rate and blood pressure. These effects cannot be achieved immediately, and, in fact, a gradualapproach is recommended.
See an EP: See a cardiac electrophysiologist for evaluation. They'll place a monitor and see what's up. You're a bit of a ways from houston, so it might be worth it to start with a general cardiologist.
Tachycardia/ sleep: How fast?? There is always variation in rate. When we sleep there is more autonomic tone effects with increase in sympathetic tone in REM sleep. Most are benign but may consider EKG or holter, echo including mitral valve prolapse) and check for sleep apnea. Caffeine, alcohol, anxiety also promote tachycardias. F/u w/doc
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