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Saturday, May 18, 2013
High Blood Pressure
Rapid pulse rate
I am not see a doctor at this time, however I do monitor my blood pressure and pulse rate at home. It is average 130/105 with pulse rate of 110 or higher. It has been as high as 135 at rest. Should I see a doctor and what is the result of this?
A normal heart rate is between 60 and 100. The usual heart rate for a given age can be calculated as 118.1 - (0.57 x age).
In your case, a heart rate of 110 is too fast. There are many possible causes for a fast resting heart rate (called tachycardia), including heart failure, lung disease, thyroid problems, anxiety and others. You should see a doctor for a general evaluation.
Max C Reif, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director of Hypertension Section
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati