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Doctor insights on: Vagus Nerve And Heart Rate

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Can heart rate increase by pressing on the vagus nerve and/or carotid artery?

Can heart rate increase by pressing on the vagus nerve and/or carotid artery?

No: Pressing on the vagus nerve or doing a carotid massage usually induces a vagal response which by definition translates to a slowing of the heart rate, not increasing it. ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...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 stress cause a fast heart rate and the heart to skip beats?

Can stress cause a fast heart rate and the heart to skip beats?

Yes: Stress leads to adrenaline release which increases heart rate and can contribute to premature beats. ...Read more

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Can a heart pacemaker stimulate the vagus nerve and cause other problems?

Can a heart pacemaker stimulate the vagus nerve and cause other problems?

No: Cardiac pacemakers maintain and encourage normal heart rhythms, and are used to treat abnormal heart beat patterns. The vagus nerve is stimulated by a vagal nerve stimulator used over the left vagus, which does not have cardiac innervation, and this device helps control seizures. ...Read more

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Can pinch nerve cause resting heart rate to be 90-95?

Can pinch nerve cause resting heart rate to be 90-95?

If the pinched nerve: is causing a great deal of pain then it would be possible to cause an elevation in your heart rate indirectly. There is no direct causative effect of a pinched nerve on the heart. ...Read more

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Can chest compressions on a beating heart damage the heart?

Can  chest compressions on a beating heart damage the heart?

CPR: Depends how hard the compressions are. Usually this is done on an emergency basis when there is no pulse (no beating heart) and the benefits outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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Quick heart rate and a heart murmur?

Quick heart rate and a heart murmur?

Rate/murmur: What is your question? Lots of things can cause these ...Read more

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How is heart rythym different from blood pressure and heart rate?

How is heart rythym different from blood pressure and heart rate?

Vital signs: Blood pressure and heart rate are vital signs. They represent the status of your cardiovascular physiology. Heart rhythm refers to the electrical activation of the heart muscle. You can have entirely normal vital signs with many different heart rhythms. ...Read more

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Can static nerve cause heart beat issues?

Sciatic nerve issues: The answer to your question is "no". For a fuller description of sciatic nerve symptoms go to this link; http://www.Tcainstitute.Com/health-library/conditions-treatments.Aspx?Chunkiid=11577. ...Read more

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What causes low blood pressure and slow heart pumping? Can feel a rushing sensation and heart beat in my head when hearts goin slow?

What causes low blood pressure and slow heart pumping? Can feel a rushing sensation and heart beat in my head when hearts goin slow?

Various causes: Low blood pressure in young women is common and may be harmless unless it results in lightheadedness. It can also be caused by certain medications,anemia,varicose veins, glandular abnormalities,standing too quickly, heart disease. Heart rates under 55/min can be problematic and can be due to abnormal intrinsic pacemaker, underactive thyroid,certain medications or be normal. Your MD can advise you ...Read more

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Is pain in the carotid artery a sign of heart failure with frequent PVC's, faintness, fast heart rate and bloating?

Is pain in the carotid artery a sign of heart failure with frequent PVC's, faintness,  fast heart rate and bloating?

Carotid artery: disease in itself has no symptoms; it causes symptoms when blood flow to the brain is decreased because of it. Perhaps you are having neck pain, near the location of the carotid artery, but I would not interpret that as a sign of heart failure or cause of PVC's. Certainly frequent PVC's might be a sign of more serious dysrhythmia causing faintness/fast heart rate. You need to continue cardiac care ...Read more

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Can the vagal nerve stimulation device cause cardiac arrest?

Can the vagal nerve stimulation device cause cardiac arrest?

A first: I am not aware of any reports of this happening, and a quick search of the literature turned up nothing. ...Read more

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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