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Why does my heart beat speed up and slow down?

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Dr. Cory Annis
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
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In brief: It depends

Heart rate varies naturally with your breath.
In some folks, it's really obvious & called "sinus arrhythmia" which is not harmful. With that, your pulse consistently slows when you breathe in and speeds up when you breath out. However, there is such a thing as "too fast" usually over 100 at rest, and "too slow", usually under 50 at rest. See your md if you are not sure.

In brief: It depends

Heart rate varies naturally with your breath.
In some folks, it's really obvious & called "sinus arrhythmia" which is not harmful. With that, your pulse consistently slows when you breathe in and speeds up when you breath out. However, there is such a thing as "too fast" usually over 100 at rest, and "too slow", usually under 50 at rest. See your md if you are not sure.
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