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Old 02-10-2005, 06:10 PM   #1
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Does salt raise your pulse rate?

I know that It raises your BP but today I ate somethig very salty and a lot of it. The result was that it raised my pulse rate by 20 points. I couldn't see any difference in the actual BP just in the pulse..

Someone explain this to me..

 
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Re: Does salt raise your pulse rate?

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I know that It raises your BP but today I ate somethig very salty and a lot of it. The result was that it raised my pulse rate by 20 points. I couldn't see any difference in the actual BP just in the pulse..

Someone explain this to me..
It might not be the salt. It could be the carbs. Were you consuming a lot of carbs, such as popcorn or chips?

Did you also consume some alcohol during this time?

The increased heart rate could have also been a byproduct of an allergic reaction to food.

OTOH, too much sodium might also cause a heart irritation.

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Old 02-11-2005, 08:30 AM   #3
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Re: Does salt raise your pulse rate?

I am a heavy salt user....if it doesn't look like it snowed then to me it's not salted.

I told the doctor about my salt habit because I have high blood pressure and he told me "Salt does not raise your bp. Salt causes you to retain fluid which causes your bp to go up. The less salt you use the less fluid you retain."

Maybe your body sensed the extra fluid starting to build up so your heart started working harder to pump it out therefore increasing your heartrate or it could have been an allergic reaction to the food as beerzoids mentioned.

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Old 02-11-2005, 08:54 AM   #4
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Re: Does salt raise your pulse rate?

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Did you also consume some alcohol during this time?
NO alcohol was consumed because it was alcohol that got me in this fix

 
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Re: Does salt raise your pulse rate?

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I am a heavy salt user....if it doesn't look like it snowed then to me it's not salted.

I told the doctor about my salt habit because I have high blood pressure and he told me "Salt does not raise your bp. Salt causes you to retain fluid which causes your bp to go up. The less salt you use the less fluid you retain."

Maybe your body sensed the extra fluid starting to build up so your heart started working harder to pump it out therefore increasing your heartrate or it could have been an allergic reaction to the food as beerzoids mentioned.
I think you are probably right dianne12315. I am going to experiment today and see if my pulse goes up at the same time today without eating anything salty..thanks

 
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Re: Does salt raise your pulse rate?

Let us know the results of your experiment.

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Old 02-12-2005, 06:25 AM   #7
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Re: Does salt raise your pulse rate?

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Let us know the results of your experiment.

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Now I am back to square one Dianne. I did the same things and ate the same thing at the same time and nothing happened.

Now the only thing I can come up with is anxiety, because I am new to having medical problems so I am runnig into things all the time that make me nervous about my condition..

I am putting the BP cuff up for a few days and going on with life

 
Old 02-12-2005, 01:03 PM   #8
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Re: Does salt raise your pulse rate?

It might have been just a once in a lifetime thing that happened to you and it might never happen again so you're right to get on with your life and not worry about it. If it does happen again it might be worth checking out though. It's better for a doctor to tell you that there's nothing to worry about than to worry everyday.

Good luck.
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Old 02-12-2005, 02:40 PM   #9
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Re: Does salt raise your pulse rate?

Are you allergic to any particular foods? Certain food allergies can cause the high rate to go higher.

Also, I know if I stuff my face with high carb and fatty foods at one sitting, my pulse rate will be anywhere from 95-110bpm and hour after eating. It's very uncomfortable, but harmless.

 
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