• gary guthrie gary guthrie
    January 29, 2009
    high pulse rate
    gary guthrie gary guthrie
    January 29, 2009

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

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  • Martin Cane, M.D.
    Health Pro
    January 29, 2009
    Martin Cane, M.D.
    Health Pro
    January 29, 2009

    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
    January 29, 2009
    Neil MD
    Health Pro
    January 29, 2009

    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

     

     

     


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