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Dr. Scott Keith
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Blood Pressure (Definition)

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more


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When my heart rate increases I get throbbing pressure throughout my head. The worst of the pain is above my forehead. Any ideas?

When my heart rate increases I get throbbing pressure throughout my head. The worst of the pain is above my forehead. Any ideas?

See a Dr: The answer is in the details. EXACTLY what is the heart rate? There are a variety of diagnoses to be determined by professional evaluation. The most likely explanation is panic attacks/ anxiety. Read more

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Sometimes during the day I try to sleep or laying still, ill suddenly jerk rather hard. Also my heart rate increases before going to sleep. Causes?

Sometimes during the day I try to sleep or laying still, ill suddenly jerk rather hard. Also my heart rate increases before going to sleep. Causes?

Hypnagogic jerk: You are not a Jerk! But the sudden muscle twitch that you describe is very common, and is called a hypnagogic jerk. There is a theory that this is a leftover reflex; a primate falling asleep whose muscles relax too much might fall out of a tree, and so we wake up to grab a limb. With that startling jump, the heart rate may accelerate. Whatever the cause, it is a normal part of falling asleep. Read more

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I had a hole in my heart as a child that closed I'm now 18 and suffer heart palpations and my heart rate increases dangerously during exercise. Ideas?

I had a hole in my heart as a child that closed I'm now 18 and suffer heart palpations and my heart rate increases dangerously during exercise. Ideas?

See a doctor: I am a pediatric cardiologist. The other responses here are all helpful. How do you know the HR increase during exercise is dangerous. And I am assuming the hole closed on its own, but want to confirm. If you've had heart surgery or a catheterization, you may be at an increased risk of developing a heart rhythm problem. In any case, I strongly suggest you see a cardiologist. Read more

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Hello, I'm a 26, fit, and a healthy female. I eat clean & exercise 5 days a week. Lately, my heart rate increases after a meal. Why is this? Thanks!

Hello, I'm a 26, fit, and a healthy female. I eat clean & exercise 5 days a week. Lately, my heart rate increases after a meal. Why is this? Thanks!

Meals and pulse: When we eat, blood to intestines increases. Blood elsewhere can decrease. If you are a bit dehydrated, this change will be more noticeable. Of course, caffeine will raise heart rate. Read more

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Can enalapril cause orthostatic tachycardia? When I stand up my blood pressure drops (not hypotension)and heart rate goes up. Normal when laying down.

Can enalapril cause orthostatic tachycardia? When I stand up my blood pressure drops (not hypotension)and heart rate goes up. Normal when laying down.

Yes, has been descri: Orthostatic tachycardia (or postural tachycardia) has been described with enalapril. It may be due to an interaction with other medications (most commonly antidepressants and sedatives), however, & not enalapril per se. Talk to whoever prescribed the enalapril, and go over ALL of your symptoms & medications. Hopefully, you both can get to the cause & find optimum treatment. Best Wishes &
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Should I be worried that my heart rate increases to over 120bpm if a drink 4 beers? It lasts all night but goes the next morning? Its my stag soon

Should I be worried that my heart rate increases to over 120bpm if a drink 4 beers? It lasts all night but goes the next morning? Its my stag soon

I think should worry: "stop drinking" and see a doctor
it is not healthy to drink that much. Stop with one if you are still getting palpitation you should get medical attension. Read more

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I have a cold. Today I noticed whenever I have a bad coughing fit, my heart rate increases for about 10-15 seconds. Normal? Or should I go to ER?

I have a cold. Today I noticed whenever I have a bad coughing fit, my heart rate increases for about 10-15 seconds. Normal? Or should I go to ER?

Normal: Heart rate going up by up to 20 beats per minute for a short duration when you have an infection or after coughing is normal. Unless this persist after you have recovered from your infection I would not be concerned. Read more

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Can the breathing rate increase as the heart rate increases?

Can the breathing rate increase as the heart rate increases?

In most: Physiological situations as the heart rate increase the the o2 consumption and the co2 production increase increasing minute ventilation and respiratory rate. Read more

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What do you do if heart rate increases on xopenex (levalbuterol)?

What do you do if heart rate increases on xopenex (levalbuterol)?

Report to your doc.: Hr increase is an expected side effect of xopenex (levalbuterol). It should not prevent you from taking the medication as prescribed. Note the rate and rhythm of your heart and report that info to your doc so they can see if further eval is necessary. Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...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