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Q: high pulse rate

blood pressure is normal but the pulse rate is 110, 40 year old female

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Martin Cane, M.D., Health Pro
1/29/09 7:12pm

gary guthrie,


Thanks for your question.


The normal pulse rate for an adult is 60 to 100 beats per minute, which puts your rate just above normal.  Certainly, this mild elevation is not a serious concern, but does warrant consideration of a few possibilities. 


The first thing that comes to mind in your situation is the need to evaluate your thyroid function.  An overactive thyroid is a common cause of fast heart rates, and thyroid disease is more common in females.  This is not a serious, life threatening condition and is easily treated.


Another possible cause is anemia, which is easily checked for with a blood count.  If present, your doctor will have to investigate the cause. 


I suggest you make an appointment with your physician for an evaluation which will include an electrocardiogram to be sure that there are no rhythm problems.  In addition, he/she will perform some routine blood work.  Be sure to ask your doctor to include a blood count and thyroid function tests. 


I hope this has been helpful.  Best wishes.


Martin Cane, M.D.


Neil MD, Health Pro
1/29/09 7:37pm

Hello Gary Gutherie,


Without more information, I can not tell you what might be causing your fast heart rate (known in medical lingo as tachycardia).


There are many, many explaination for a heart rate of 110 beats per minute.  Some of the most common include pain, infection, dehydration, hyperthyroidism, too much caffeine, anxiety, deconditioning, and exercise.  Plenty of serious causes of a fast heart rate exist, too.  These include arythmias like atrial fibrillation or flutter.  And of course, many rare conditions that can cause a fast heart rate, too.


To fully assess your faster than normal heart rate (normal should be between 60-100), you need to see a physician.  Importantly, take note of any other symptoms you've been having, be able to detail your other medical conditions, and be sure to know what medications you are taking.  All of these are important to determine the cause of your tachycardia.


To your health,

Neil MD




James, Community Member
6/24/10 9:37am

I have pulse rate of 110. Everything else is normal

joey mcmillen, Community Member
3/31/11 11:38pm

I am 45 yrs old low blood pressure,but pulse is always 121-122 at rest, should iI be concerned?


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