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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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Trying to fall asleep. 10 min of palpitations w/ fast heart rate. No other symptoms. Doc says heart ok. Can anxiety really appear in while relaxed?

Trying to fall asleep. 10 min of palpitations w/ fast heart rate. No other symptoms.  Doc says heart ok.  Can anxiety really appear in while relaxed?

Yes: In fact, people can have panic attacks in their sleep. What you are describing is pretty much the definition of a panic attack. Short period of time, intense, physiologic response w/o real medical probs. What were you thinking about at the time? Pas are very treatable with therapy, where you work to find your triggers and retrain your brain. I do not recommend just medicating them, tho meds help. ...Read more

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Is it okay for your heart rate to go from 80s to 40s-50s in the middle of sleeping?

Is it okay for your heart rate to go from 80s to 40s-50s in the middle of sleeping?

Yes it is OK: Our heart rate slows significantly while asleep. In an otherwise healthy person we can expect HR of 50's. Forty is however a little slow. Check EKG for any Heart Block consult cardiology if needed. ...Read more

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Is resting heart rate and sleeping heart rate the same?

Is resting heart rate and sleeping heart rate the same?

Not exactly: Your heart rate tends to fall lower, than resting, when you are sleeping. You may also be prone to faster heart rates, during different stages of sleep or dreaming. It's not unusual for someones, otherwise healthy, heart to go slower when you are asleep. ...Read more

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What's the normal heart rate for a sleeping 4 year old?

What's the normal heart rate for a sleeping 4 year old?

Normal Heart Rate: Hello Twinbay1. The normal resting heart rate for a 4yr old is a range from 70 to 136 beats per minute with variances based on the reference source. While sleeping, the heart rate can dip slightly lower. If you or the child is noticing symptoms that you feel are heart related, a full exam is best to check for any issues. For consults, my link is healthtap.com/vanessanealmd with code PNYTKV. ...Read more

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When a fetus is sleeping does its heart rate slow down?

When a fetus is sleeping does its heart rate slow down?

Answer not known: Here is where we are at:directly measuring the brain activity of a human fetus in the womb is impossible. What we know about our early sleep habits comes mostly from watching eye movements. Around the 7th month of a fetus' development, the first rapid eye movements are seen. The brain of the developing embryo appears to cycle every 20 to 40 minutes between rem sleep and non-rem state(resting). ...Read more

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What is the normal heart rate for a sleeping 14 year old boy?

What is the normal heart rate for a sleeping 14 year old boy?

Unanswerable: That would be varied based upon a lot of external and internal things. Probably 60 to 80 beats/minute. But that is not a hard and fast rule. ...Read more

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Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Palpitations (Definition)

Heart palpitations are a clinical finding in which a person feels his heart beating strongly, feels his heart beating fast, or both. This can occur with anxiety disorders or heart conditions including ...Read more


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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more