Hi, My doctor wants me to donate 2 units of blood for my surgery, the problem is that when I go to do that, my pulse is way too high. I went on Friday, and it went from 107 to 113, and they wouldn't take my blood. I went back today and it started out at 109 but went down to 103, the range is 50-100, the tec. finally fudged on the form and put down 100. So I have one unit saved. I took my blood pressure medicine before I went, does anyone have any insight into what can be causing this?
Hi Valley,Were you nervous or upset about having blood drawn?If so that would make your pressusre shoot up.If this is the case you can physicaly slow your heart rate by slow deep relaxing breaths.Just a thought.Heather
Do you know what your normal pulse rate is? Some people have a naturally higher pulse rate than others. If yours is normally lower than what you had at the blood center than I would guess it was probably just some nerves, which is perfectly understandable. Good luck!
You might want to speak with your regular MD. Most BP meds lower heart rate as well as BP, and your doctor might allow you to increase your med for the one day that you give the second unit of blood. Or better yet, your MD could sign a letter to OK the blood donation. Just check with your doctor first, should you decide to make a change.
PS. You could bring your favorite MP3 player to listen to music while donating. It might help reduce heart rate.