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Doctor insights on: What Causes Blood Pressure To Go Down While The Heart Rate Goes Up With Exercise

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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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When I go up one flight of stairs my heart rate increases from 70 to 120. I worked out daily and I am not over weight. I am 5'7" and I weigh 160 pound?

When I go up one flight of stairs my heart rate increases from 70 to 120. I worked out daily and I am not over weight. I am 5'7" and I weigh 160 pound?

Something is: Unclear. If you exercise daily and your are not obese but your heart rate jumps with modest exercise, do you have chest pain or SOB? ...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

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Please advise if it's normal to feel dizzy when your heart rate increases?

Please advise if it's normal to feel dizzy when your heart rate increases?

Dizzy: It is not normal to feel dizzy when your heart rate increases to reasonable levels. If your heart gets too fast, it is possible to produce dizziness. For many people a rate of say 170 BPM might be too fast, but the number varies by individual and circumstance. ...Read more

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How can you tell when your heart rate increases abnormally?

ECG stress testing: This is evaluated using routine ECG stress testing to see if heart rate response to exercise is adequate, blunted or accelerated. ...Read more

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My heart rate increases even if I am inactive causing pain, is this normal?

My heart rate increases even if I am inactive causing pain, is this normal?

No: Is the heart rate steady and is it a normal rhythm? You may have an arrhythmia or irregular heart beat or you may have a regular heart beat that speeds up due to stimulus whether emotional or food like caffeine. Have it checked out to make sure you don;t have heart disease. Pain and an irregular heart rate needs medical evaluation, although at your age it's probably nothing serious. ...Read more

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My heart rate increases when I'm cold and decreases when I'm warm, which is apparently the opposite of what should happen. What's causing this?

My heart rate increases when I'm cold and decreases when I'm warm, which is apparently the opposite of what should happen. What's causing this?

Heart Rate: Shivering is a well-known response, but a less obvious reaction is heart rate increase. In cold weather, a faster heartbeat benefits muscular and respiratory function. That's why your heart rate is increasing. ...Read more

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My heart rate increases to the 130s while doing a little cleaning. Is it normal to feel a bit out of breath when that happens?

My heart rate increases to the 130s while doing a little cleaning. Is it normal to feel a bit out of breath when that happens?

BREATHLESS: Though it is not unusual for a heart rate that high to sometimes produce a sensation of breathlessness, it IS unusual for a young, healthy person to develop such high heart rate while 'doing a little cleaning'. At the very least, this issue should be discussed promptly with your PCP; but with your age and symptoms, and ER visit would not be unreasonable either. Can discuss further via inbox. ...Read more

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My heart rate increases at doctors office and is normal at home, is this a sign of anxiety, at anytime in a day my heart rate is less than 75.

My heart rate increases at doctors office and is normal at home, is this a sign of anxiety, at anytime in a day my heart rate is less than 75.

Heart rate: Heart rate is closely related to emotional state and often it goes up when anxious such as many people are when visiting the doctor ...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