Re: low blood pressure & fast heart beat
Your daughter's blood pressure is very good (less than 120/80 being optimal)...In some people her #s would be considered fine...in some they might be thought to be little on the low side. Unless the low'ish BP is causing symptoms such as dizziness, I wouldn't worry.
Her heart rate is however, fast and a consistent rate of over 100 is called tachycardia.
How old is she by the way?
You mention she'd going through a lot of stress. Stress can cause tachycardia which results from an an increase in the heart's electrical system.
The most common causes, apart from emotional stress are:
Medications that contain stimulants
Some medications that lower blood pressure
Lifestyle factors (e.g., excessive consumption of caffeine, smoking)
Overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism)
Various conditions including heart and lung disease
Some metabolic problems such as high blood levels of potassium or low levels of magnesium.
Does your daughter experience any of the following?
Sensation of feeling the heart beat (palpitations)
Light-headedness or dizziness
Shortness of breath
Chest discomfort (angina)
Has her doctor run tests on her? Certainly complete and thorough blood tests would be expected.
If her heart rate continues to be rapid, and she has any of the above symptoms the doc might suggest some heart tests like:
A continuous ambulatory electrocardiogram (Holter monitor)
A loop recorder, for ambulatory ECG recordings exceeding 24 hrs
An intracardiac electrophysiology study (EPS)
What has her doctor done (or tried) for her so far?
Last edited by zuzu8; 12-03-2003 at 02:19 PM.