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I have a rapid heart beat

usually when im at work i have a rapid heart rate... but i guess that understandable because i m always moving.. it s a restaurant and when it gets busy.. you literally run through the whole place. but when i get home and i m trying to go to sleep sometimes my heart rate is still up. i m thinking it has to do with the fact that i drink alot of coke at work to give me energy. anyways yesterday i went to the hospital because i have a really bad cough. and the doctor told me my pulse was 130.. i m 19. i don t know if that s normal... but it eventually went down to 100 again. today it s been 130 again on and off.. but i think i m just freaking out cuz it s been on my mind all day.. am i just stressing about it too much ? because I ve never felt dizzy, nor have I had chest pain. could it possibly be because at the moment i have an upper respitory infection ?
Wed, 16 Dec 2009
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Less coke, caffeine, salt & more sleep, cardio exercise, water & balanced meals might help. Are you eating more than 1 or 2 meals a day? Getting enough water? You may have tachycardia or some sort of cardiac arrhythmia. Some arrhythmias are not serious while others are very much so. Best to get this checked out again by a physician. nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutori... Do you have high blood pressure? Is your resting heart rate normally high? Tachycardia is a resting heart rate more than ~100 beats per minute (this # depends on the person's size). Some possible causes (other than heart defects) -- dehydration, stress, abnormal blood sugar levels, hyper-sensitivity to caffeine or alcohol. Smoking tobacco & various drugs can also account for this. You blood sugar levels may be out of whack if you are diabetic or if you only eat 1 or 2 meals a day. Things to do: ~ see a doctor ~ drink plenty of water ~ eat 3-5 balanced meals per day ~ moderate cardio exercise (don't overdo) ~ avoid snacks that have a high glycemic LOAD ~ cut back on salt, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine & other drugs
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