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Old 08-08-2008, 09:36 PM   #2
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Re: Rapid increase in heart rate and shortness of breath when climbing stairs

Can you get a blood pressure cuff and take your pulse? Take it while laying down - after you have been resting and relaxed for at least 5 minutes. Stand up and take it 1 minute after standing, then again at 5 minutes standing. If there is a major jump, say over 100bpm, it could point at a few things.

What you need to do though if get your thyroid thoroughly tested - not just a TSH test, have your electrolytes tested, get blood sugar thoroughly checked, get vitamin B12 checked and even vitamin D.

If you do have that jump from a normal heart rate to one that is double or over 100bpm you should ask your doctor for something called a tilt table test. During this they strap you in and tilt you at around 70-80 degrees on a table. Your heart rate, blood pressure, and any symptoms you have are wrote down.

Also, if your heart rate does usually return to a normal rate, it could point at just being unconditioned or low blood pressure as a problem.

Last edited by aether4; 08-08-2008 at 09:38 PM.