I had not been feeling good for the past couple days. I have a subtle headache and chest pain and a very high pulse rate. I noticed I was out of breath at tyhe grocery store and took my BP which was fine but my pulse was 103. The night before I woke up in the middle of the night I woke up with a bad stomach pain that lasted 5 monutesd. bp slightly elevated and a pulse of 129.
So the next day my husband said I should go to the er whch I did, they fuirst though of heart attack but rules that out then said I had high d dimers at 7.5, so then they thought it was a pulmonary embolsm. That came out neg also.
they sent me home dosed up on ativan, vidoden and asprin.
problem remains.. I still have the high pulse rate! No dx.
If you are having a sustained pulse like that, I would get in to see someone right away. With all due respect to Stophypertension, do not start a vigorous exercise program with tachycardia like that. Women tend to have a faster pulse then men do, but anything that high for too long could do some damage. I thnk this is more of an immediate problem then the BP is.
My pulse rate has come down since, my avg is between 75-89 today. I have no idea what madit jump up like that! If it continues I probably wont be able to take my new RX. making an appt with the cardio this week.
My bp has bounced around from 136/77 down to 95/65. it's nuts!
usually they just say, oh it's nothing and pat me on the back and send me home.
Yikes! i don't remember what normal d dimer range is, but did they even check your legs for clots with ultrasound or something? Just cause you don't have a PE doesn't mean you can't have a DVT right?
My HR only gets that high after drinking alcohol, and when it does i feel it pounding through my chest like crazy! you didn't even realize your heart was beating that fast until checking your BP and pulse? I usually hit 125-130 tops, and even then it feels WAY too fast.
Good they gave you ativan though to calm you down, just goes to show they thoyught it was anxiety related. I always got nothing for my anxiety at the hopsital but IV's of metroprolol.
Maybe you need a beta blocker like propranolol to keep it slow if it stays up.
my d dimer was 7.5 I beleive. They said it was high but doesn't always mean you have clotting. Doesnt make a lot of sense to me. they did a lung scan, i couldnt do the test with dye because I am allergic to the dye, but they said this test was good enough.
I was thinking the same thing that I might need a beta blocker, but I am afraid to go on a beta blocker because I heard so many bad things about them.
I'm on a beta blocker though, going on a year, started with metroprolol and now propranolol. They help me so much cause of my otherwise high pulse due to my anxiety! I'm not sure how other types of BP meds work though and if they can also lower pulse rate? Thats why beta-blockers are perfect for me.
right now i'm at 115/63 pulse of 65
But i can fluctuate as much as 90/54 to 155/95-100 ALL from anxiety, as i have had test after test done to rule out anything heart/clot/kidney and whatever else related!
Everybody is different though when it comes to side effects, it's only now that i'm starting to think the beta-blockers is causing my horrible insomnia. But other than that no other side effects for me.
I don't remember what my d dimer number was when was in the ER, didn't have any clots though.
Reading through this thread has caused me to question the health of my own pulse rate.
I have been diagnosed with HBP for around 6 years. Dyazide and Norvasc 2.5have done the job in helping me keep my HBP under control. For some reason, it has also been significantly lower since an unrelated surgery last fall. Right now, my BP is averaging about 115-120/65-72. I'm really happy with those numbers. What is concerning me is my pulse rate. On good days it is about 90-95 resting. On average it is usually 100-115. I've been sitting at my computer for a couple hours and my pulse is 112 right now.
These rates have been "average" for me for a long time. Probably for a couple years. I have regular doctors visits where I have my BP taken. Between my PCP and Specialists, I've probably had at least 30 appointments in the last year. None of the doctors have shown any concern with these numbers. After reading this post, it is making me wonder if I should be pushing this discussion with my docs.
I have noticed through some internet searching that Thyroid is often a culprit. I did have some Thyroid testing last January. Everything came back normal in that area.
I've also read that some medications may influence heartrate. In addition to the ones listed above, I'm on meds for allergies, asthma, reflux and IBS. For my BP, I'm on a calcium channel blocker because it has the least amount of influence on my asthma.
I take a beta blocker, Atenolol and it's lowered my bp and pulse nicely without any side effects. I wasn't wild about taking a beta blocker either, but I had tried a few other bp meds. and had bad side effects from them. I exercise 5 days a week and that helps keep my bp normal too.
I probably went the entire winter without running, my pulse sky rocketed to 90s, and now that I'm regularly running, my pulse is around 60s to 70s.
I also noticed that if i'm lazy and don't work out for a long time, my pulse gets higher and higher.
Must be different for everyone.
My dad is 78 and his pulse is 50, my husband is never execises, out of shape, eat poor and has a bp of 120/80 pulse 50, my best friend is quite heavy and 45.. her bp is 90/60 pulse 45. I know others like this and not medication,
me I am 110 and have high bp and average pulse is 70-80. I exercise all the time and in the summer I swim 3 times a day for an hour.
We just have something wrong with us. lol
Last edited by Flutterbye77; 03-26-2009 at 06:16 AM.