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Unable to donate plasma due to high pulse rate. How to bring it normal?

I m 47 years old, 6 foot 4 inches tall and 223 pounds. I donate plasma twice a week, but last week I got turned away when I really needed the money because my pulse rate/bpm was 107, which I have donated under those circumstances before with no ill effect in another state. I m out of work, and I need to find a safe way in couple of days to try again. I want to make sure I go into this confident it s OK. I don t have a car and this place is not convenient to get to. I normally read in at between 85 to 94. I don t smoke or drink either, so I don t know if there s a quick answer for me going in on Thursday. Thanks.
Asked On : Thu, 29 Mar 2012
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Hi Eddie,
Thanks for writing in.
A high pulse rate can be either due to simply anxiety or due to a heart condition as well. If you want to be absolutely sure that this works for you, I would suggest the following:
a. Drink plenty of water, atleast 3-4 litres in a day
b. Try yoga and deep breathing to take care of any possible anxiety
c. Consult a physician and get an electrocardiogram done. This should rule out any major disturbances.
However, I would seriously recommend that you use your skills to find another "job".
Hope this helps.
Answered: Thu, 29 Mar 2012
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