What Can Raise A Person's Resting Heart Rate?


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Elizabeth Leake Profile
Elizabeth Leake answered
A typical adult’s resting heart rate should lie somewhere between 60 and 80 beats per minute.  If it rises higher than this, it is important to discuss it with your doctor.

A resting heart rate of over 100bpm is referred to as a tachycardia. It can be caused by a number of things, including stress, exercise, caffeine and illness. After surgery, the post-surgery stress on your heart may be the cause of the increased heart rate. If this is the cause, it may be several weeks before your heart rate returns to normal. If it is uncomfortable and is affecting your healing - if, for example, you are not sleeping - the doctor may give you medication to slow down your heart rate.

After surgery, it is important that you are well-rested and healthy, in order to help the healing process.

Exercise can be a help in decreasing the heart rate. Exercising will help keep your heart in shape, which will make it easier for it to pump blood around the body. This, in turn, will lower the rate of your heartbeat when at rest. Many athletes have very low resting heart rates, for example, the cyclist Lance Armstrong has a resting heart rate of 32bpm.

Worry about your heart rate could also be contributing to the higher rate. Just as the heart is stressed after surgery, your stress may be causing it to raise its resting rate. Remember to take things easy after the surgery, and see your doctor about any worries that you may have ��" as much to reassure yourself as anything.
Paul Constantinescu Profile
Your heart rate might of been higher after surgery because your body is dealing with trauma and healing. The nerves in your body are a strong factor. You being scared or a different form of scared, "worried" about your heart rate, can affect your heart rate after your body has completely healed from the surgery. Whatever it is it has to do with your nerves system.
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Anonymous commented
Certainly a level of anxiety resides until enough days go by. A human trait for sure when it comes to surgery. Very critical to have a baseline-I'd recommend it to everyone dealing with an illness or not. Try to convince the kids today though-good luck.
Diane Dobbs Profile
Diane Dobbs answered
I can say I had a resting heart rate of 65-68 as a professional body builder and athlete. I had a fairly sudden onset of increased heart rate and sometimes shortness of breath. It continued for over a month. I went to the ER when my heart rate stayed over 105-125 for hours! I was sent home with a heart monitor that showed an average of 118 over 48 Hours time. I was referred to a cardiologist that said I WAS OUT OF SHAPE! YEAH RIGHT>> OR ANXIETY?
I know that panic attacks can only last under at the MOST a couple of hours... My degree is in Psychology so...Point is I went to a walk in clinic and they did some lab work to find Lyme Disease caused severe anemia NO IRON at all in my blood and a huge drop in RED BLOOD CELLS that carry oxygen. So if you are also out of breath it could be that. Allergies can also cause similar problems as well can allergy medicines. I recommend checking your blood pressure as well and pay attention to it over a couple of days at different times of day after 2 hrs of getting up. But log it at the same time each day Like 10 am 4 pm then 10 pm each day not after exercise though then take that to your Dr if unresolved. Lack of sleep can also effect the heart rate.. But if it is on going more than a few days you should have it looked at. Damage from a pulmonary embolism either as it is occurring or for even months after can as well but the lung pain is intense and usually involves bleeding out the mouth with a cough not just increased heart.
mohammaed alam Profile
mohammaed alam answered
The restingheart rate should be around seventy two beats per minute. The causes of increase heart rate are increased thyroid activity ( hyperthyroidism) heart failure, decrease oxygen and fever. Unknown internal infection or inflammation will also raise heart rate.
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Anonymous commented
VERYYYYYY Interesting. I remember a UTI and an antibiotic Levaquin that was needed at the time to get rid of it. Maybe the infection/inflammation is partially active or dormant. Thanks
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I was found on 3 different minor surgery proceedures to have a heart rate of 30...I am 59 and being treated for BH Pressure, high cholestorol, and sleep apnea...I am currently loosing weight, but not by just dieting...what can cause the low rate
Aisha Profile
Aisha answered
The resting heart rate could rise if you exert and get tensed easily. Taking ibuprofen might also be a factor. You should start exercising according to the doctors and take healthy food to get it normal.
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Anonymous commented
I rated this one high because of the confirmation (previous to the post) by a surgeon. Hope the exercise helps, I think it will.
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Anonymous answered
Your resting heart rate of 100 could have many causes. After surgery, patients who become fully aware of their surroundings (especially in a new environment - such as that of an intensive care unit) could develop some anxiety. Any time a person is anxious, nervous, scared, or even mad there heart rate may rise. Did you have a fever?

You should really ask your physician these questions about your postoperative concern.
Zack Vars Profile
Zack Vars answered
My heart rate currently jump from around 70 to 95 while sitting. After a few days like this I went to ER because my heart rate was at 105 when in rest and at 120 while walk slowly.
They couldn't find anything wrong and just when they were going to send me home I develop high temperature (38.5 celsius).
Anyway, the next day the temperature drop off to normal levels and my heart rate drop also to 80 while sitting.
I am still little concern as I have no idea how long after having the fever is normal to have an elevated heart rate.

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