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Wednesday, November 25, 2009 pixietwin, Community Member, asks

Q: Why does my pulse increase when I lie down?

I am taking 25 mg toprol XL and 2.5 Altace in the am plus another 25 mg Toprol Xl at night for bp and a high pulse. I've been on this for a month and check my bp and pulse with a home wrist monitor.  My bp is remaining at a good low level.  I've noticed a change in my pulse in the past week.  At first, my pulse rate would decrease when I would lie down.  In the past 8 days, I've noticed an increase of 10-15 bpm once I recline in a chair or lay down in bed. I cannot find anything online about a person's pulse increasing when reclining or laying down. I have no other symptoms but would like to know the reason.

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
11/25/09 3:37pm

Hi Pixietwin,


Usually when you lie down it is easier for the heart to circulate blood since it's not fighting gravity, so a lower blood pressure and heart rate would be more common.  I recommend contacting your physician to determine the reason you are experiencing an increased heart rate.


All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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By pixietwin, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/30/14, First Published: 11/25/09