• 3 months ago

    High heart rate

    When I’m laying down my heart rate never goes below 95 when I stand up it shoots to 140 to 145. I got diagnosed with the shingles on Monday so I’m not sure if that’s why heart feels like it is going crazy


  • 3 months ago

    RE: High heart rate


    You said:

    "When I’m laying down my heart rate never goes below 95 when I stand up it shoots to 140 to 145."

    Normal resting range heart rate for adults, in any position, is 60-100 beats per minute (BPM). Average resting heart rate in men is 72-78 BPM and in women 78-84 BPM. Over 100 BPM is tachycardia (fast heartbeat).

    As applicable (must be confirmed, diagnosed by a qualified doctor) to the patient, there is a specific condition known as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).

    As reported, POTS is defined as a clinically significant increase in heart rate (anywhere from occurring immediately or to within 10-30 minutes) upon standing from a lying down or sitting position.

    The length/duration of time patients diagnosed with POTS can comfortably stand varies wdely from one individual to another.

    POTS often generates a temporary rise in blood pressure (BP) immediately upon standing due to rapid acceleration of the heart rate.

    POTS patients often have a measurably low standing pulse pressure (that is, difference between systolic and diastolic, normal resting pulse pressure is 40 mmHg, give or take a bit), which may/can be an indicator of blood pooling (collecting).

    Some patients with POTS have a damaged regulatory system that may/can result in paradoxical wild swings in BP from under 50 mmHg to over 200 mmHg. Complexly, POTS can be a low and high BP pressure problem combined.

    During a Tilt Table Test, some POTS patients have large drops in BP and pass out (syncope, temporary loss of consciousness, also includes fainting), while other patients have only relatively shallow/small drops in BP, or none at all.

    75% of POTS patients are female with a genetic tendency to be passed down from mother to daughter.


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