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What will happen if your heart rate is too low?

What will happen if your heart rate is too low?

You die: Well, only if it's too low to support life! You mean pretty low but not that low. Some people tolerate a heart rate in the 40's or even 30's with no symptoms. Most often, when the heart rate is that low, one feels fatigue, dizziness, and may even have chest pain or pass out. A dangerously high potassium, thyroid disorder or too much of a medication might cause this. Some require a pacemaker. ...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


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How can you determine if your blood pressure is high or low when checked and if your heart rate is normal?

How can you determine if your blood pressure is high or low when checked and if  your heart rate is normal?

Need to know normal: Goal for most patients is to have top blood pressure below 140 (under 135 for diabetics) and bottom pressure under 90 (under 85 for diabetics). It is not unusual to have an occasional blood pressure reading be above this. Goal pulse is 60-100, although not unusual to be in 50's. Medication is presribed to treat the general trend of bp's. ...Read more

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Is a heart rate always high if your heart is pounding or can it happen when it's low to normal too?

Is a heart rate always high if your heart is pounding or can it happen when it's low to normal too?

Yes it can: Heavy pounding of the heart relates more to the force of contraction which is governed by the amount od catecholamines (adrenalin) as well as the volume of blood put out with contraction.. Often times this will lead to a faster heart rate but it doesn't have to. An example would be aortic regurgitation wherein the heart is heavily loaded (preload), from backward filling across aortic valve. ...Read more

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Hello doctor my heart rate is so fast and BP also high doctors told me that the reason of high BP is your fast heart rate I am 23?

Hello doctor my heart rate is so fast and BP also high doctors told me that the reason of high BP is your fast heart rate I am 23?

Separate: Elevated heart rate and high blood pressure are two separate problems. Fast heart rate dose not cause high blood pressure. They could be related though. For example high thyroid hormone may cause both to be high. Thorough evaluation is needed to determine the cause. ...Read more

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What is your maximum heart rate that is healthy when running?

What is your maximum heart rate that is healthy when running?

Pick a formula: Lets go with the simplest answers here: according to your name, you are a male and so the easiest answer would be approximately 220 minus your age (around 180 BPM in your case). There is, however substantial variability among people, and this number can vary somewhat; an exercise test on a treadmill can provide the exact answer to your question. ...Read more

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What is the resting pulse rate number that is dangerously too fast?

What is the resting pulse rate number that is dangerously too fast?

Heart rate: Heart rate of 100 if at rest is faster than normal. It is not dangerous in and of itself. What is important is why it should be elevated at rest and there are many possibilities for this. ...Read more

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What happens if the blood pressure is too low or too high?

What happens if the blood pressure is too low or too high?

Blood pressure: Too high pressure causes heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. Too low pressure can cause these and other problems. Something like an electric device, too much current it burns out, too little current it doesn't work. ...Read more

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If you are 4 months pregnant and the baby heart rate is low what do the doctor do to raise the heart rate to normal?

If you are 4 months pregnant and the baby heart rate is low what do the doctor do to raise the heart rate to normal?

There is nothing: that can be done this early in pregnancy. The baby must be at least 23 weeks to be able to survive outside the uterus. All that can be done at this point is to watch it. Close follow up with your OB is obviously very important. That being said, a low heart rate is not necessarily a major problem and is often temporary. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What can a really low resting heart rate tell you?

What can a really low resting heart rate tell you?

Low rate: A low rate can be a sign of great aerobic conditioning. It can also be a sign of very abnormal cardiac conduction or even dangerously bad metabolic states. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have high levels of adrenaline if blood pressure is on low side but heart rate is high (resting 90-105) (exercising 175-200)?

Is it possible to have high levels of adrenaline if blood pressure is on low side but heart rate is high (resting 90-105) (exercising 175-200)?

Possibly: There are rare disorders where adrenaline levels are high. You can see an endocrinologist to help see if you have one. The more likely explanation is elsewhere- perhaps anemia, caffeine, medications (cymbalta (duloxetine) can do this), or heart related. ...Read more

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My resting heart rate is really high. Is this indicative of anything?

My resting heart rate is really high. Is this indicative of anything?

Heart rate: Lots of possibilities including but not limited to anemia, hyperthyroid, poor conditioning, hypotenuse, dehydration, excess catecholamines......... ...Read more