I Havea Pulse Rate Between 105 And 110 How Can I Get It To Slow Down

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Asked by Lori

I Havea Pulse Rate Between 105 And 110 How Can I Get It To Slow Down

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?

Answer

Lori,

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.

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