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Posted by beatle on February 21, 2000 at 18:56:28:

In Reply to: High pulse rate posted by Neil Christensen on February 15, 2000 at 13:37:41:

: I am 26 years old and was diagnosed with high blood pressure a couple of months ago. I am about 15 pounds over my ideal weight and my cholesterol level is only 87 so while diet does not appear to have a bearing on my problem, stress and inactivity probablly do. I have been taking lotesin? for the last two and a half weeks and my blood pressure readings at home have been significantly lower...116/78 this morning and I haven't recorded a reading over 125/85 in the past week and a half or so. The problem is my pulse rate. This was also a concern to the doctor, but he thought it may just be due to nervousness at the appointment. My resting pulse rate is anywhere from 100-106, and I have recorded readings as high as the mid 120's after really doing nothing more than walking around. I stopped drinking cafeine all together about three weeks ago to see if that would help, but it really hasn't made any difference at all, at least in terms of the pulse rate. I am also having what I described to the doctor as twitching in various muscle groups in my body. This seems to be random, but I've had them pretty much all over. I have a very difficult time sleeping, mainly due to pretty severe sinus problems. My doctor has set me up with a sleep specialist to check for problems like sleep apnea, ect at the beginning of March. Hopefully this solves a lot of the problems, but I am extremely worried about the pulse rate. How big of a problem is this? I do not have a follow up apointment scheduled with the doctor until the first part of March but I wanted to see if I should follow up on the pulse rate problem before that.

: Thanks.
: Neil

Anything I say should not substitute for advice from your doctor. When we talk about the normal pulse rate, we mean the relaxed resting pulse. One needs to sit back, read a magazine and not be tense before checking the pulse. Do you tend to worry and have a lot of anxiety? Sometimes the doctors office itself scares people and raises the pulse. The pulses of 100-106 are just a bit high. If you get chest pain or short of breath, call your doctor. Otherwise it doesnt sound like you are in big trouble health wise. Stopping all caffiene was a very smart thing to do as it can raise the pulse. Wait until the doctors appointment and see what he thinks should be the next step.
beatle1234a@ivillage.com

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