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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Heart rate between 40 bpm-50bpm echocardiogram, holter monitor results are normal, non athlete can my slow heart rat be due to genetics?

Heart rate between 40 bpm-50bpm echocardiogram, holter monitor results are normal, non athlete can my slow heart rat be due to genetics?

Possible: Genetics can influence your heart's responsiveness to the balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic tone as well as endocrine conditions such as hypothyroidism which can aggravate bradycardia. Their are also hereditary connections between such things as maternal lupus and congenital complete heart block. Additional monitoring and assessing chronotropic responsiveness might be in order. ...Read more

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Echo, X-ray, blood work, stress test all normal. Will take CCBs for the PVCs but worried about lowering heart rate at rest (avg rest rate 53). ?

Echo, X-ray, blood work, stress test all normal. Will take CCBs for the PVCs but worried about lowering heart rate at rest (avg rest rate 53). 
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Can/bradycardia : There are several CCBs that will decrease PVCs very effectively, that when monitored properly will not significantly further lower your pulse. It's a matter of effectiveness vs side effects. I take it those PVCs are causing you symptoms? If not, in a healthy person with normal anatomical/functional heart there is no reason to treat these... ...Read more

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Is 81 bmp a safe heart rate? Not resting heart rate.

Is 81 bmp a safe heart rate? Not resting heart rate.

I think so: I think ur asking if a heart rate of 81 when you are not resting (so perhaps after you exercise?) is a safe rate; if that's correct then yes 81 is probably fine. A "normal" heart rate varies depending on lots of things (age, activity, emotions, meds, hydration status, more). In general the better shape you're in, the lower your rate goes. And with vigorous exercise it can go up much higher than 81. ...Read more

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Is it safe to run at slow pace, although heart rate goes into 90% range (190+) after 10 min. Resting heart rate, BP and stress test are all normal. ?

Is it safe to run at slow pace, although heart rate goes into 90% range (190+) after 10 min. Resting heart rate, BP and stress test are all normal. ?

Running pace: Yes. Remember that you calculate the desired heart rate for exercise by the formula: 70% x (220 - yourage) as your target heart rate. Your maximal heart rate is just 220 minus yourage. As long as you don't exceed your maximal heart rate, you should be ok. With continued exercise, your pulse will trend lower during exercise. ...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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Can anxiety cause your heart rate to stay increased for hours/days? Heart x-ray, EKG, blood work normal. Sinus Tachycardia from anxiety?

Can anxiety cause your heart rate to stay increased for hours/days? Heart x-ray, EKG, blood work normal. Sinus Tachycardia from anxiety?

EKG cannot be normal: Short answer, yes anxiety CAN cause elevated heart rate, duration varies with degree of anxiety (episode vs. chronic). An EKG should not be "normal" however, as sinus tachycardia would show up and make an EKG abnormal. This may require the attention of a local internist or cardiologist to further clarify, identify and treat or counsel. ...Read more

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Does cardiac arrest result when your pulse rate drops low?

Does cardiac arrest result when your pulse rate drops low?

Cardiac Arrest: Is when the heart stops beating or has a chaotic rhythm as not to have a blood pressure or spontaneous respirations. ...Read more

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Cardiology:Can people have a normal heart even though they reach the maximum heart rate on an treadmill stress test quickly?

Cardiology:Can people have a normal heart even though they reach the maximum heart rate on an treadmill stress test quickly?

Yes: If you reach your target quickly it means you are not conditioned. You need to exercise more and build up your endurance. Marathon runners never reach their "target." ...Read more

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Resting heart rate is 75-80 BPM. I take 12.5mg of atenolol for anxiety. Is this a good number for resting heart rate?

Resting heart rate is 75-80 BPM. I take 12.5mg of atenolol for anxiety. Is this a good number for resting heart rate?

Resting HR: There really is no optimum resting HR. Everyone is set a little differently. Normal is 60-100. The dose of atenolol is really small for your age. It is clearly not suppressing your heart rate much. ...Read more

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I had done ecg.my pulse rate is 120. Fast pulse rate .they suspect left atrial enlargement. 2nd time ecg done. Only fast pulse rate found.im pregnent.

I had done ecg.my pulse rate is 120. Fast pulse rate .they suspect left atrial enlargement. 2nd time ecg done. Only fast pulse rate found.im pregnent.

May be physiologic: Since a large left atrium is suspect have your physician have you see a cardiologist. WE call this a tachycardia but it may be normal depending on you physical status. Your evaluation will clarify the situation. ...Read more

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History anxiety. Frequent heart flip flops every half hr to hour, reg heart rate no chest pain. Don't feel stressed. Body scan showed 0 calcium score.

History anxiety. Frequent heart flip flops every half hr to hour, reg heart rate no chest pain. Don't feel stressed. Body scan showed 0 calcium score.

See a cardiologist: To determine the cause of your heart symptoms. Sorry to hear that you sound very anxious but this is treatable w/therapy to re-educate your body to respond less strongly and change thought patterns. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Slow resting heart rate 54-62.when move increase to 60s-70s.not athletic.obese.cardiac echo, cardiac CT angio,ecgs normal.normal or moreinvestigation?

Slow resting heart rate 54-62.when move increase to 60s-70s.not athletic.obese.cardiac echo, cardiac CT angio,ecgs normal.normal or moreinvestigation?

It's OK: Hi. From the studies done and found to be normal, I'd have to conclude it's fine and not a problem. However, to optimize future health and quality of life, I's recommend healthy diet and taking up some form(s) of physical activity that you enjoy and can stay with on a regular basis for life. To your health! ...Read more

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I got fast heart beat or heart rate without exercising my heart rate is 106 is that normal for my age at 21 can fear cause heart problems?

I got fast heart beat or heart rate without exercising my heart rate is 106 is that normal for my age at 21 can fear cause heart problems?

No, yes: That heart rate is high for a resting heart rate. Anxiety can sometimes contribute to an elevation in baseline heart rate. I would schedule an appointment with a primary care doctor for a medical checkup, that would be a good place to start. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Stress Test (Definition)

A stress test is a cardiac test which can include walking on a treadmill and monitoring your heart while you are walking. They can also inject you with a nuclear material and do a more comprehensive scan on your heart to check for blockage. They can also do a chemical stress test which omits the need to ...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