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Suggest remedy for elevated pulse rate in an elderly person with dementia

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Posted on Mon, 23 Nov 2015
Question: Pulse around 101
BP 141 over 74
O2 - 96
These are figures taken from a female patient in an NHS hospital this evening. The patient is 71 and suffers from Dementia. Are these figures significant in showing any underlying illness or other kind of infection?
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Answered by Dr. Noble Zachariah (38 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Requires investigation if persistent

Detailed Answer:
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Welcome and thanks
The pulse rate is high and the other parameters are normal unless they have changed from previously recorded values. The raised pulse rate is not a feature of dementia unless it was recorded during an emotional outburst. The common causes are anemia, an infection which is often urinary or occult or hyperthyroidism which may not produce the usual symptoms in the elderly.
She requires to be investigated if the high pulse rate persists
Take care,
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Brief Answer: Requires investigation if persistent Detailed Answer: Hello, Welcome and thanks The pulse rate is high and the other parameters are normal unless they have changed from previously recorded values. The raised pulse rate is not a feature of dementia unless it was recorded during an emotional outburst. The common causes are anemia, an infection which is often urinary or occult or hyperthyroidism which may not produce the usual symptoms in the elderly. She requires to be investigated if the high pulse rate persists Take care,