• pixietwin pixietwin
    November 25, 2009
    Why does my pulse increase when I lie down?
    pixietwin pixietwin
    November 25, 2009

    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.



  • Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    November 25, 2009
    Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    November 25, 2009

    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

    Heart Healthy Tips


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