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Heart Rate

The speed at which your heart beats in a minute is known as heart rate. The heart rate is calculated by counting the number of heartbeats per minute, which is almost equal to the pulse measured at any peripheral point. For adults, the average resting heart rate should be between 60 to 100 beats per minute.

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Why does my 7-month-old baby have a heart rate of 90 and above?

Query: Hello doctor, My 7-month-old daughter sweats a lot when nursing or sleeping with her head on my chest. Is this normal? Also, is a heart rate of 90 to 97 beats per minute normal for her when sleeping? I worry so much about her, and I just need a second opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. Sajeev Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your description is grossly inadequate to arrive at a clear diagnosis. The birth history, developmental history, etc., are needed. I took two days to conclude, trying to understand the question. The standard heart rate in a 2-year-old is 80 to 130 per minute. So then...  Read Full »

Is my increased heart rate related to the COVID vaccine I took recently?

Query: Hi doctor, I had the Covishield vaccine on the twenty-fourth of the last month. There was a high fever, muscle pain, and weakness within 24 hours of taking the vaccine. That was cured after taking paracetamol. I am having the problem of my heart beating faster since then. I find this heart problem c...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to All these symptoms like weakness, joints pain, weakness, and high heart rate may occur post-vaccination due to inflammatory response by the body to vaccine products. These are not serious symptoms. These usually persist for two to three weeks, sometimes even longer. ...  Read Full »

Why does my heart rate elevate during exercise?

Query: Hi doctor, I am taking Metoprolol 25 mg and Losartan 100 mg for HBP and diastolic dysfunction. I have lost 50 lbs over the last three months by doing a cardio exercise (jogging, row, and weights) four times per week for one hour each session. During this time, the resting heart rate dropped from 70-...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for reaching out to us. Heart rate generally differs from person to person, depending upon the body size and activity level. Some persons like athletes can have as low as 40 bpm. Pulse rate can be very low, anything below 50 bpm with symptoms such as dizziness...  Read Full »

My AFI is 2.7 inches. Can labor be induced?

Query: Hello doctor, I have completed 38 weeks of pregnancy. My baby's heartbeat is 143, cephalic presentation. Myf AFI is 2.7 inches. Can I be induced for labor?  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to At 38 weeks of pregnancy when the head is a cephalic presentation but not yet fixed in the pelvis and there are no decelerations or fetal distress on CTG monitoring and if you do not have any high-risk factor-like IHCP or gestational hypertension with pre-eclampsia t...  Read Full »

I have atrial fibrillation, and my heart rate ranges between 48 and 60 beats per minute. Is this acceptable?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (a-fib) two months back. I take Apixaban and Atenolol. However, with a heart rate between 48 and 60 beats per minute, my heart seemed to spontaneously switch to the sinus rhythm after approximately a month. Is a heart rate this low acceptable? I...  Read Full »

Dr. Sapkal Ganeshrao Patilba

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. A heart rate between 48 and 60 beats per minute is ok. This can happen as many patients have intermittent atrial fibrillation (a-fib). A low rate is due to medicines. It can go into atrial fibrillation (a-fib) again...  Read Full »

I have low blood pressure and heart rate with palpitations. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am having heart palpitations. I have low blood pressure and low heart rate.  Read Full »

Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. You should know that some palpitations are quite normal in every healthy individual, especially during physical activity and anxiety. Anyway, as you are feeling them more frequently lately, I would recommend consulting with your attending p...  Read Full »

My resting heart rate fluctuates before and after periods. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor,My resting heart rate seems to be high for a year. It happens before getting periods. I have my periods now and I still have bleeding on the fourth day with a bit of cramp lasting for five days. Is it normal? I feel a bit weak and get tired after getting period. I seem to be little anemic ...  Read Full »

Dr. Lorena Zijaj

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The normal duration of a period is five to seven days and so you do not need to worry about it. The patterns of menstruation can change during years. For anemia, you need to do a hemogram to evaluate the accuracy of hemoglobin. I have gone through the attached report (a...  Read Full »

My husband's heart rate goes high after vigorous exercise. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband is 48 years old. He is in good physical shape and healthy, exercises regularly, and takes a healthy diet. During exercise, his heart rate gets to 200 bpm when at maximum exertion, which felt slightly high for his age. In mentioning this to his GP, she suggested a stress test...  Read Full »

Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I passed carefully through your husband's medical history and uploaded the test (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and would explain that his test is suspicious of potential ischemic cardiac disorder. In this regard, further clinical investigations are ...  Read Full »

Why does my heartbeat increase when I rest or sleep?

Query: Hello doctor, When I am under rest, my heart beats faster than normal. Nearly, it beats around 90 and above. I could not sleep at night. When I am active no issues. I am not able to breathe normally when lying. Please provide any suggestions.  Read Full »

Dr. Talapatra Ritendra Nath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are having a condition called sinus tachycardia which means your heartbeat is faster than normal but do not have arrhythmia. The reason is sympathetic overdrive which means you are more anxious than other people. I suggest taking tablet Metocard XL (Metoprolol) 5...  Read Full »

I get anxious when my heart rate becomes fast. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old female and have been experiencing episodes of fast heart rate for the past four weeks. It happens suddenly, and my heart rate goes up to 165 beats per minute. I have consulted my doctor twice, but he thinks it is anxiety and gave me the tablet Propranolol 80 mg and a...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please stay positive as everything will be alright. An electrocardiogram (ECG) and a Holter monitor test are better than an echocardiogram to diagnose dangerous heart arrhythmias. I suggest you undergo a 24 hour Holter monitor test to know about your arrhythmias. You...  Read Full »

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