• Lori Lori
    November 18, 2008
    How to slow down your heart rate?
    Lori Lori
    November 18, 2008

    I have a pulse rate between 105 and 110. How can I get it to slow down? I donate plasma and every time I go my pulse rate seems to prevent me from donating because my pulse is always high. Is there a way to slow it down?



  • Martin Cane, M.D.
    Health Pro
    November 18, 2008
    Martin Cane, M.D.
    Health Pro
    November 18, 2008



    Thanks for your question.

    The normal pulse rate for an adult is 60 to 100 beats per minute.  Your pulse rate is mildly elevated.  Because this is detected at the time you are about to donate plasma, it is possible that you are just a bit nervous.  The important thing to know is: what is your pulse at other times?  If it is consistently elevated, then you should see your doctor for an evaluation.  He will check your heart for problems, as well as signs and symptoms of other problems that can cause a high pulse rate.   Common problems include thyroid disease and anemia. 

     I suggest you check your pulse from time to time, especially at rest, as exercise will also cause your pulse to speed up.  If the rate is usually less than 100, there is little to worry about.

    Hope this has been helpful.

    Martin Cane, M.D.

    Here are some links you might find helpful:

    5 Things to Know About Your Heart Rate 

    Heart Palpitations and Anxiety Attacks: Should You Be Worried?

    Stress Quiz



  • squeezics June 24, 2009
    June 24, 2009

    I to have that problem while trying to donate.  Its kinda wierd the one arm will always be lower than the other (why I am not sure) but I notice my pulse is fine and then sometimes its great while being there, others I cant seem to slow down my pulse for anything.  I have sat there and while going there try to think  and say "slow calming breaths" not only does it seem to lift my mood almost like a medation type thing but knowing I do have the ablity to change my body at will gives me a good power.  I am checking into the mediation and Tichi (sp?) as I think this will be extremely helpful in other aspects of my life along with being able to donate.  Maybe you might want to give this a try also.

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