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Slowing The Heart Rate
Aerobic fitness: Elite fitness athletes such as track stars have so much vagal tone to the heart that rates 55/minute are common and even lower isn't unusual. There's no other healthy way to reduce your heart rate, or any reason i can think of to want to do it. There is a great deal of misinformation out there. I'd urge you to find an aerobic-fitness sport you like and spend a lot of time at it. Enjoy yourself. ...Read more
See a doctor: The more important question is how fast your heart rate is. If it is under 100 BPM it's probably ok. If it remains above 100 then it needs to be looked into. If it stays above 120 you should go to er. Medications are typically used to slow the hr down. You could try to bear down like you're straining. Hold this for several seconds (val salva). This sometimes works. More important see a doc. ...Read more
Yes: Meditation does the slow the heart rate. It's not a matter of how. If you can successfully lose yourself in meditation, your heart rate (assuming normal rhythm, not a pathological rhythm like atrial fibrillation or svt) will slow. Self-hypnosis, transcendental meditation, yoga, prayer - all will slow the heart as does sleep (every night!). But it only works while you're doing it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cardio training: Physically/aerobically well conditioned folks recover much quicker than non-fit people. If u r well conditioned, your heart won't be that fast to start and being fit, u can recover quicker and thus able to lower heart rate faster--don't stand still after intense work-out. Make sure you do sufficient cool down-walk around in cool/shady areas to avoid fainting etc..Good luck. ...Read more
Slow heart rate : Can be a sign of a healthy heart and good physical condition. But also can be due to medications to treat high blood pressure and possibly associated with uncontrol hypothyroidism ( low clinical thyroid hormone level ) and a heart electrical conduction problem. Low hr won't slow your metabolism. ...Read more
Stress reduction: If the high heart rate is really due to stress reduction, and you don't have an abnormal arrhythmia which can also be induced by stress hormones, then relaxation and stress management techniques should help. Also avoid caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and stimulants, in order to minimize the stress response. See your doctor for evaluation to make sure it's simply stress and not something else. ...Read more
Keep Going!: Meditation allows the brain to achieve an altered state. This state, associated with tranquility and calmness, affects the hormonal and nervous system. The net cardiovascular effects are reduce blood pressure and slow heart rate and respirations. These have been shown to have long term benefits, including long term blood pressure reductions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I cannot donate blood because my resting heart rate is 102. What can I do to reduce my resting heart rate?
HR 102: Some individuals normally have a high HR -has yours always been this way? Would check thyroid function, electrolytes, hydration, avoid caffeine, cocaine, energy drinks, alcohol tobacco, OTC medications with pseduoephrine/ phenylephrine , consider meditation. May need holter to see rate variation, EKG check for WPW, POTS, echocardiogram for structure , f/u/ w /cardiologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exercise: The very simple answer is that exercise training will decrease your resting heart rate by increasing something called contractility (the amount of blood squeezed with each beat). Medications can also lower the resting heart rate, but this is not advisable unless you need them. ...Read more
Can being asthmatic increase your heart rate. My asthma started to come back and my heart rate is faster. ?
Yes: A person who is an asthmatic and is not completely controlled with preventative medications may be slightly lower in oxygen and therefore the heart rate may increase & remain elevated. Different rescue medications like salbutamol inhaler and theophylline ( latter is not used often now a days) may also stimulate the heart. Once the asthma is well controlled then the heart rate responds normally. ...Read more
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