Posted by: Candy | 2007/12/06

Pulse rate

Hi, I am a 57 year woman have been very fit all my life. I have always had a pulse rate of between 55 - 60. Due to recently having a back op (3 months ago) I have been unable to excerise as much as I would like to. However, my blood pressure is 124/82 but my pulse right is frighfully high, 108! Yesterday it was 115!! What on earth could be causing this and should I take it seriously or not?

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Hi Candy

A couple of things - one possibility that you're just battling a slight infection. It's quite possible that as you read this, a day later, you're laid low in bed with a bit of a viral infection. That would be one explanation for the higher than usual heart rate.

The other is the timing of the measuremen - you have to standardize this, and I guess it's possible that you've measured it at different times.

But by itself a high heart rate is nothing major or anything to worry about, you do perhaps need to monitor it over the next little while and check the timing of that measurement.


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Posted by: Susi | 2008/06/30

I would like to know about my low pulse rate and the possible causes. I am a C5/C6 Incomplete Quadriplegic and my resting pulse rate is 24 per minute.

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