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Is my heart rate normal if it goes quickly from low to high?

Is my heart rate normal if it goes quickly from low to high?

Yes: Responsiveness to physiologic need is a sign of health. Going up quickly is normal assuming you're not going from 80 to 240! but if you go from 80 to 120 (the exact numbers depend on age) and then come back down quickly with rest, you're very healthy! (hr should drop 10% within 1 minute of cool down). ...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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Is a heart rate always high if your heart is pounding or can it happen when it's low to normal too?

Is a heart rate always high if your heart is pounding or can it happen when it's low to normal too?

Yes it can: Heavy pounding of the heart relates more to the force of contraction which is governed by the amount od catecholamines (adrenalin) as well as the volume of blood put out with contraction.. Often times this will lead to a faster heart rate but it doesn't have to. An example would be aortic regurgitation wherein the heart is heavily loaded (preload), from backward filling across aortic valve. ...Read more

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Since 2 years i take pills for high bp. Last 4 days my pressure is low (95-65, 110-70).Temperature normal, heart rate 73 to 90.Should i go to er?Txs

Since 2 years i take pills for high bp. Last 4 days my pressure is low (95-65, 110-70).Temperature normal, heart rate 73 to 90.Should i go to er?Txs

Contact MD: But i would like to know what else is going on: do u have a cold/flu, have u changed ur diet, ....? I generally advise my patientto reduce 9not stop) their meds when BP is less than 120 (but bottom # must be less than 85, also). Have some tea ; maybe go to local walk in center, er islast choice, not 1st for my patients. ...Read more

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How can you determine if your blood pressure is high or low when checked and if your heart rate is normal?

How can you determine if your blood pressure is high or low when checked and if  your heart rate is normal?

Need to know normal: Goal for most patients is to have top blood pressure below 140 (under 135 for diabetics) and bottom pressure under 90 (under 85 for diabetics). It is not unusual to have an occasional blood pressure reading be above this. Goal pulse is 60-100, although not unusual to be in 50's. Medication is presribed to treat the general trend of bp's. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an ongoing high heart rate from anxiety if you have a normal low resting heart rate or would this be probably be another issue?

Is it possible to have an ongoing high heart rate from anxiety if you have a normal low resting heart rate or would this be probably be another issue?

Rule out medical: Always have a thorough medical work-up before attributing symptoms to mental health problems. Review personal and family history for problems with thyroid, cardiac, and other problems that might simulate anxiety. Also, keep a diary of episodes and associated events. However, obsessing over symptoms can worsen anxiety. Yoga or meditation will help both mental and physical problems. ...Read more

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I have a very high heart rate while exercising and a very low heart rate while resting. Is this normal or do I need to see a doctor?

I have a very high heart rate while exercising and a very low heart rate while resting. Is this normal or do I need to see a doctor?

Physical fitness?: Well conditioned athletes often have low heart rates at rest (sometimes 40 - 50 bpm). Your maximum heart rate should be 220 - age (i.e. ~171 bpm for a 49 y/o). If your heart rate rises above this, abruptly rises to this rate, or you have dizziness, short breath, or chest pain, see a cardiologist to make sure you're not experiencing an arrhythmia. Otherwise, this range is normal for athletes ...Read more