Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Is My Pulse Rate Too High?

Friday, 04 January 2013 01:22 PM

Question: My resting pulse rate is usually 85-100 beats per minute. Is this too high? I’m not suffering any other symptoms.

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

A resting heart rate of 85 to 100 is too high. It might be time to attach a Holter monitor to see if this persists when you sleep and requires further evaluation. It could be that your heart rate is caused by medication you use or stimulant/caffeine intake that can be modified by simple prescription or dietary changes.

I would recommend you make an appointment with a doctor to have your heart rate evaluated. Elevated heart rates can be an early warning of heart or vascular disease, or may reflect a hormonal imbalance, anemia or kidney disorder, even if you don’t notice any other symptoms.

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A high heart rate can be caused by medication, caffeine, or other dietary or lifestyle factors.
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