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Old 05-24-2010, 11:11 PM   #1
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High resting heartrate-should I be concerned?

I'm in my upper 30's and have had an elevated resting heartrate for several years now. Typically it averages between 95-105, occassionally going a bit higher or lower. When I take my PB/pulse at resting, it is typically after I've been sitting for a while so movement/activity hasn't played a role. It does average in this range when I go to the doctor's office as well. Between my PCP and various specialists, I usually have at least one visit a month where they take my BP.

I was diagnosed with high BP in my early 30's. I was on Norvasc and dyazide for years. Even on the meds, I averaged in the 140's/90's. In fall 2008, I had surgery for reflux. For some reason, since then my BP went down. I've been off the Norvasc since fall 2009 and currently average in the 110's-125/65-72. I've been pretty happy with that. My pulse rate hasn't changed though. It is usually around 100.

I'm about 20-25 lbs overweight (gained about 15 lbs last winter on steroids for asthma, but it's under control right now, I just haven't gotten the weight off yet.) I typically eat fairly low-fat, high-fiber. I avoid caffeine and drink lots of water. I could exercise more, but I'm fairly active. My BMI borders on the high end of normal. My doc is fairly happy with my weight though. My LDL and HDL are good. My Tryglicerides are a bit high this year for the first time. I'm working on that with diet.

My PCP doesn't see this as a problem, but it does worry me. I have a family history of of HBP. A couple of my grandparents died of stroke and heartattack.

I have a new TMJ dentist whe did several hours of testing on me about a month ago. One of the things he did that my other docs haven't is to take my BP sitting and standing. Based upon my results from that, he seem concerned I might have some adrenal fatigue. I don't know much about that and my dentist certainly isn't an expert. He was just trying to get an understanding of my overall health in various areas.

Other current health concerns: acid reflux (under control since surgery), asthma (flares in winter), allergies (on immunotherapy), IBS, TMJ and some joint pain in shoulder and hips (genetically lax ligaments are attributed to the last 3).

This state seems to be my "normal" and my PCP doesn't seem concerned. Should I be worried? Should I seek a referral to a specialist?

 
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Re: High resting heartrate-should I be concerned?

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I'm in my upper 30's and have had an elevated resting heartrate for several years now. Typically it averages between 95-105, occassionally going a bit higher or lower.
Seems like a mildly elevated heartrate. I've had heartrate problems (tachycardia) since my late teens which eventually led to weakening my heart. During tachycardia my rate would be a constant 160 for hours or days.

That said, having Heart Failure, I am equally interested in how well my heart is beating, and not just how fast, slow or erratic it is beating. I want my heart to beat nice and gentle and relaxed with a good, firm beat; and be at a reasonable heartrate. The quality of the heartbeat and the rate go hand in hand in maintaining a reasonably "healthy" heart.

When your heartrate is elevated is the beat more noticeable? Does it also seem a little too strong and/or erratic?

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When I take my PB/pulse at resting, it is typically after I've been sitting for a while so movement/activity hasn't played a role. It does average in this range when I go to the doctor's office as well. Between my PCP and various specialists, I usually have at least one visit a month where they take my BP.
If you are more active in normal activities, such as just walking around, doing dishes, etc., does your heartrate go even faster?

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I was diagnosed with high BP in my early 30's. I was on Norvasc and dyazide for years. Even on the meds, I averaged in the 140's/90's. In fall 2008, I had surgery for reflux. For some reason, since then my BP went down. I've been off the Norvasc since fall 2009 and currently average in the 110's-125/65-72. I've been pretty happy with that. My pulse rate hasn't changed though. It is usually around 100.
That your bp came down considerably because of reflux surgery is quite amazing. Lucky you! Did the doctors tell you that this could happen?

How often do you take your blood pressure. Do you take any bp readings in the afternoon or evening?

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I'm about 20-25 lbs overweight (gained about 15 lbs last winter on steroids for asthma, but it's under control right now, I just haven't gotten the weight off yet.)
When I come into contact with various allergens, like dust or going outside on high pollen day, my heart can race and/or get very erratic. Does that ever happen to you?

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I have a new TMJ dentist who did several hours of testing on me about a month ago. One of the things he did that my other docs haven't is to take my BP sitting and standing. Based upon my results from that, he seem concerned I might have some adrenal fatigue. I don't know much about that and my dentist certainly isn't an expert. He was just trying to get an understanding of my overall health in various areas.
Personally, I question if there is such a valid and/or worthwhile diagnosis as "adrenal fatigue". It seems like a "bucket" diagnosis, used when a doctor just doesn't know what is going on.

I've taken my blood pressure over 29000 times since 1998, and always do it sitting. I've used the charts and reports from my Blood Pressure Database to significantly improve my blood pressure, heartrate, heart failure, Insulin Resistance and my health in general. I realize that the adrenals have a lot to do with blood pressure, but, IMHO, it is when the adrenals get over-active, or over-reactive, that results in higher blood pressure, heartrate problems and the overall malfunctioning of the heart.

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Other current health concerns: acid reflux (under control since surgery), asthma (flares in winter), allergies (on immunotherapy), IBS, TMJ and some joint pain in shoulder and hips (genetically lax ligaments are attributed to the last 3).

This state seems to be my "normal" and my PCP doesn't seem concerned. Should I be worried? Should I seek a referral to a specialist?
Well.... if it was me, I would at least want to get an EKG of my heart, if possible during an elevated heartrate. The best test, IMHO, is an echocardiogram of the heart which can show the health of the overall heart, including the heart valves.

You are a little young to be suffering from any significant problems with your heart, but having an EKG and/or and Echocardiogram, if you have the insurance, and the money, would be worthwhile, IMHO, and could be able to set your mind at ease.

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Re: High resting heartrate-should I be concerned?

Do you exercise at all? My heartrate used to be a bit faster than average and went down once I began to take walks and exercise moderately. Even a little bit of exercise helps and it may also help you with the hypertension.

The slightly elevated heartrate may signal a lack of conditioning as it did in my case. It does not sound like your physician is very concerned.

I started to walk thirty minutes a day every other day and my resting heartrate is now around 80. It used to be like yours before I began to walk and exercise.

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