Heart Rate

Definition of Heart Rate:

The number of times your heart beats per minute, usually measured while at rest.  To check your own resting heart rate, hold two fingers under your wrist below the base of your thumb until you can feel your pulse.  Count the number of beats in 15 seconds and multiply this number by 4 to calculate your beats per minute.  The normal range is 60-100, with athletes generally having a lower rate.

Also: Beats Per Minute, Pulse Rate, Resting Heart Rate, Resting Pulse Rate

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...as a treatment
“...Further, it is known to reverse congestive heart failure and restore the force of heart rate contractions...”


...the condition
“...They may include ... increased heart rate...”
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Addison's Disease

...the condition
“...inner part of the adrenal (the 'medulla') produces epinephrine (also called adrenaline) which is produced at times of stress and helps the body respond to "fight or flight" situations by raising the pulse rate, adjusting blood flow, and raising blood sugar...”

Aerobic Exercise

...as a treatment
“...Specific benefits of aerobic exercise include ... Increased stroke volume of heart; decreased blood pressure; decreased load on the heart; decreased resting pulse rate...”

Aerobic Exercise Need

...the condition
“...increased heart rate; weak physical strength; bone loss / reduced bone density (lack of weight-bearing exercise plays a role in osteoporosis); low self-esteem; depression; high cholesterol; increased risk of...”

Alcoholism Recovery Issues

...the condition
“...Antabuse (disulfiram), when combined with even small amounts of alcohol causes unpleasant effects such as facial flushing, throbbing headache, nausea, vomiting, and increased blood pressure and heart rate.  The drug's effectiveness depends on patient motivation: Those who want to drink simply stop taking the drug...”

American Skullcap

...as a treatment
“...Most studies also indicate no effect on heart rate or blood pressure...”


...the condition
“...The doctor will look for abnormal heart rate or breathing, enlarged spleen and/or liver, pallor, and any other obvious signs and symptoms...”

Anorexia / Starvation Tendency

...the condition
“...brittle hair and hair thinning/loss; unhealthy, dry, yellowing skin; foot discoloration (orange); intolerance of cold, low body temperature (especially in the extremities); abnormally fast or slow heart rate; depression; insomnia; muscle aches, pains and tension; distended abdomen; bad breath (halitosis); (chronic) fatigue; rapid mood swings; Common signs and symptoms of anorexia specifically...”


...related topic
“Apprehension of danger, or dread, accompanied by nervous restlessness, tension, increased heart rate, and shortness of breath unrelated to a clearly identifiable stimulus.”
...recommendation Kava
“...Although preliminary, due to the small sample size, a trial suggests that kava extract (280mg standardized extract per day) may target the baroreceptor pathway and improve Baroreflex control of heart rate (BRC) in patients with generalized anxiety...”


...recommendation Massage
“In cases of supraventricular tachycardia, stimulation of the vagus nerve is a commonly employed technique to help return the heart rate to normal...”


...as a treatment
“...It is a technique in which people are trained to improve their health by learning to control certain internal bodily processes that normally occur involuntarily, such as heart rate blood pressure, muscle tension, and skin temperature...”

Bone Marrow Suppression

...the condition
“...Reduced red blood cells produce classic anemia symptoms ... increased heart rate...”

Caffeine Intoxication

...our question about Heart palpitations
“Caffeine intoxication can cause a rapid or 'pounding' heart rate.”

Cardiac Ischemia

...the condition
“...Other symptoms can include ... increased heart rate...”

Chagas Disease

...the condition
“...Cardiac problems, including an enlarged heart, altered heart rate or rhythm, heart failure, or cardiac arrest are symptoms of chronic disease...”


...related topic
“Affecting time or rate, especially heart rate.”

Cigarette Smoke Damage

...the condition
“...Smoking causes an acute increase in blood pressure, pulse rate, plasma ACTH, cortisol, aldosterone, and catecholamine levels...”


...as a treatment
“...Caffeine is an inotropic agent, which means it changes the force of your heart's contractions: it increases the heart's action (heart rate) and produces a rise in arterial tension (blood pressure)...”

Collapsed Lung

...the condition
“...Symptoms include ... Rapid pulse rate...”

Congestive Heart Failure

...recommendation Hawthorn Berry Extract
“In a sample of 1,011 patients with stage II cardiac insufficiency, a standardized hawthorn extract containing 84mg of oligomeric procyanidins improved ejection fraction and resting pulse rate, and produced a reduction in cardiac arrhythmias...”

Coronary Disease / Heart Attack

...our question about Your resting pulse rate
Heart rate is a stronger predictor of cardiovascular death in the elderly, particularly in men, than traditional risk factors such as diabetes and hypertension...”
...relationship to EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Type 3 Requirement
“...A higher level of two specific fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) – especially within the cell membrane – was associated with higher heart rate variability in the patients...”
...recommendation Essential Fatty Acids
“...A higher level of two specific fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) – especially within the cell membrane – was associated with higher heart rate variability in the patients...”


...our question about Difficulty falling asleep
“...It causes increased heart rate, headaches, body and muscles aches, and anxiety – all of which make it harder to sleep comfortably...”

Dissociative Identity Disorder

...the condition
“...The observed differences in personality states even go as far as having different physiological reactions to situations, including different emotions, pulse rate, blood pressure, and blood flow within different parts the brain...”

Erectile Dysfunction (ED, Impotence)

...recommendation Yohimbe
“...With the possibility of serious side-effects such as anxiety, panic attacks, hallucinations, elevated blood pressure and heart rate and dizziness, yohimbe bark has been classified by the FDA as an unsafe herb...”

Excessive Yawning

...the condition
“...In some people the increased activity can cause their blood pressure and heart rate to fall.  If the reaction is mild, these people may yawn, or feel apprehensive or restless...”

Fecal Impaction

...the condition
“...pass stools; feeling the need to push; nausea; vomiting; headache; unexplained weight loss; weak appetite; hardened areas or masses in the abdomen; Symptoms of severe fecal impaction include: rapid heart rate; dehydration; rapid breathing; fever; confusion; easily becoming agitated; bladder pressure; urinary incontinence; rectal bleeding; blood in the stool; lower back pain; Diagnosis involves a...”

Gastrointestinal Bleeding

...the condition
“...The following symptoms may indicate rapid blood loss, which is very serious ... a rapid pulse rate...”

Green Tea

...as a treatment
“...Green tea is a safe alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals because its use is not accompanied by an increase in heart rate.  EGCG inhibits growth as well as the actual initiation of cancer...”
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Hawthorn Berry Extract

...as a treatment
“...extract to patients suffering from congestive heart failure and found the patients experienced fewer overall symptoms and showed improvements in stamina and a reduction in blood pressure and heart rate during exercise...”

Heat Exhaustion

...the condition
“...Syncope (fainting) – In an effort to increase heat loss, skin blood vessels dilate to such an extent that blood flow to the brain is reduced resulting in faintness, dizziness, headache, increased pulse rate, nausea and vomiting...”

Hormone Imbalance

...the condition
“...Common symptoms that can affect both men and women include ... Increased or decreased heart rate...”

Hot Drinks

...as a treatment
“...Thirty minutes after a good, strong cup of coffee, your resting metabolic rate increases by as much as 10%, blood pressure climbs, heart rate accelerates and breathing speeds up...”

Hyperbaric Oxygen

...as a treatment
“...The effects of Hyperbaric Treatments on the cardiovascular system include decreased heart rate, decreased cardiac output, possible slight increase in blood pressure and arterial vasoconstriction after load increases...”

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

...recommendation Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
“A 1999 study found that in systolic and diastolic hypertension as well as elevated pulse rate, blood plasma vitamin C levels were reduced.”


...the condition
“...Hyperthyroidism may manifest as an enlarged thyroid (goiter), hair changes, erratic behavior, heart rate irregularities, tremor, sweating, palpitations, nervousness and increased activity and eye abnormalities...”
...recommendation Dairy Products Avoidance
“One doctor reports that taking calcium without magnesium is one of the worst things you can do if you have hyperthyroidism because this increases any magnesium deficiency and increases the heart rate and likelihood of arrhythmia...”

Hypotension (Low Blood Pressure)

...the condition
“...An accurate diagnosis must be based on repeated evaluation of blood pressure and pulse rate after you have been lying down for at least five minutes and then after you stand quietly for one minute and then for three minutes...”


...the condition
“...These hormones help regulate the heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, oxygen usage, digestion, neuromuscular function, metabolism, and growth...”

Liver Abscess

...the condition
“...serious symptoms, which may indicate a life-threatening condition, include: Mental changes such as confusion, delirium, hallucinations, delusions; High fever (over 101°F); Jerky movements; Rapid heart rate; Breathing problems (shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, wheezing, or choking); Severe abdominal pain; Vomiting; A diagnostic workup generally includes several of the following...”


...as a treatment
“...Based on anecdotal data, massage therapists have said for years that massage relaxes people, reduces blood pressure and heart rate, relaxes muscles, increases range of motion, and increases the flow of blood and lymph, thereby cleansing the system...”

Mesenteric Ischemia

...the condition
“...A slightly higher than normal pulse rate may be observed...”

Mitral Valve Prolapse

...the condition
“...This is the part of the nervous system that regulates the internal functions of the body such as blood pressure, heart rate, sweating, body temperature, gastrointestinal activity, and emptying of the urinary bladder...”

Night Terrors

...related topic
“An intense episode involving some combination of extreme fear, crying, screaming, sweating, confusion, rapid heart rate and breathing, and/or flailing that occurs some 30-90 minutes after falling asleep and lasts up to 30 minutes...”

Non-Aerobic Exercise / Weight Training

...as a treatment
“...The fact is, lifting weights increases blood pressure and heart rate, representing some aerobic stimulus...”

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

...relationship to Arrhythmias/Dysrhythmias
“...In 90% of those patients studied with nocturnal bradyarrythmia (slowed heart rate), there was no sign of heart rhythm abnormalities while awake...”


...the condition
“...Physical signs include: Abdominal tenderness or lump (mass); Fever; Low blood pressure; Rapid heart rate; Rapid breathing (respiratory) rate; Pancreatic enzyme tests are used to assess how much inflammatory damage the gland has endured...”

Pregnancy-Related Issues

...the condition
“...as the vasoconstriction of placenta blood flow by nicotine, elevated fetal carboxyhemoglobin and catecholamine levels, fetal tissue hypoxia, reduced delivery of nutrients to the fetus, and increased heart rate and blood pressure...”

Problems Associated With Snoring

...the condition
“...The sleep study includes measurements of heart rate, airflow at the mouth and nose, respiratory effort, sleep stage (light sleep, deep sleep, dream sleep, etc...”

Problems Caused By Being Overweight

...recommendation Ephedra (Ma Huang)
“Contrary to commonly reported stories, 3 months of intermittent or continuous treatment with an ephedra-containing weight-loss product containing ephedra (but not caffeine) had no ill effect on heart rate or blood pressure and there were no cases of serious adverse effects reported in a well-controlled study of 279 healthy, overweight people...”


...the condition
“...Onset of sepsis is heralded by spiking fevers and chills, rapid breathing and heart rate, the outward appearance of being seriously ill (toxic) and a feeling of impending doom...”


...relationship to Weakened Immune System
“...However, this response was only seen in those subjects who also showed high heart rate change and catecholamine change during the stressors i.e. those people who are significantly affected by stress.”


...our question about Your resting pulse rate
Resting heart rate is a good indicator of cardiovascular health.”

Subphrenic Abscess

...the condition
“...A comprehensive list of symptoms includes the following ... Rapid heart rate...”


...related topic
“Excessively rapid heart rate.”


...related topic
“...Thyroid hormones also maintain growth hormone release, skeletal maturation, and heart rate, force, and output...”

Thyroid Medications

...as a treatment
“...Heart rate is also decreased with lower thyroid, but there are many other factors such as medication, heart disease and being "over athletic" which can also cause low heart rate and I don't recommend...”

Thyroid Storm

...related topic
“...Symptoms include high fever (over 41°C, 106°F), rapid pulse (over 140 beats per minute), irregular heartbeat, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and patient distress, confusion, seizures or coma.”

Weight Loss

...as a treatment
“...Because the goal of aerobic exercise is to work your heart muscle, your exercise needs to increase your heart rate.  One way to determine if you are exercising intensely enough is to measure your heart rate...”
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