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 How common is this in people my age?
I'm only 22 and have been told that I have borderline high cholesterol and blood pressure. How common are these problems in people my age and what are some good steps to take in improving it?...

 The doctor says I won't die BUT....?
I experience Paroxysmal Atrial Tachycardia. My heart rate has been over 300 BPM, which only stops when they give me a shot in an IV of adenosine. They say it cannot kill me because it is atrial, ...

 Why can't animals get heart attacks, but people do?

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A book by Dr. Mattias makes such claims, but I wanted to get some objective resources....

 if you had one minute left to live what would you do?

 High blood presure question?
my girlfriend is on 'the pill' and yesterday her doctor said that her blood pressure is on borderline to being high, her blood pressure was around 128/87, is that serious?
also is the ...

 How can I find out if my Dad's blood pressure is dangerous?
My dad's blood pressure is 85/50. I know nothing about this and I need to know if this is dangerous or not!! Help please!...

 What's more important? your heart or your brain?

 Did tou know that your heart pumps blood involuntary?

 Blood pressure question?
I went to the doctor and she took my blood pressure.. it was 120/85 is that normal?
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I am 23. I walk about 2 miles a day and take garlic ...

 I've pain in my chest and I can't breath well and I fell tired if I do any physical activity,is it a proplem?

 What shd i do? someone plz plz help me.....?
i get anger very soon for no reason... and i feel so pressure that i start shouting at people around me for silly reasons.... i hate to do that but the situation will be out of my control when i am ...

 Do you need to have heart disease, to have a heart attack?
Or can you just get one anyways, or do you necessarily have to have something wrong with your heart, like heart disease?
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Okay, then how do you get a blood clot? If you ...

 is it possible for a 15 year old to have a heart attack?
because my heart/chest area hurts alot and when i excersise it beats really fast and scares me....

 Have you ever had your heart broken?
How long did it take you to recover?...

I almsot passed out the other day and it felt wierd i was playing rockband
Ok heres what happened i was playing ps3 and then i just saw everything it just like rumbled. Like everything went all ...

 which is more important heart or your brain?
i think both i tryed to figure out which one is more than the other
i think your heart, but the brain is much more smarter. like all your senses. but you r heart pumps blood to your brain so i ...

 Causes of chest pains other than heart attack.?

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Pain across the chest....under ribs when breathing deeply, not totally constant....(it is me...but am going to docs tomorrow about unrelated issue so will ask then, ...

 8 yr old son with murmer? Please answer my question.?
hi all my son who is 8 and a half yrs old was born with a heart murmer. He attended our local outpatients clinic once a yr to be checked until he was 4. Our doctors then suggested he visit Our Lady�...

 Am I Having a Heart Attack?
I was on IV steroids for 2 days. I was supposed to go for 3 but because I felt like I couldn't breathe, they left me with just 2. My chest was extremely heavy/tight. But they didn't seem to ...

 What should I do about my rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath...etc?
I started taking this pre-workout supplement called "Super Charge" a few weeks ago, and I did not have any problems with it until now. A couple of days ago I started experiencing faster ...

what is worst if you're heart is beats really slow or really fast?
what do you think

Hans §____§
both are bad, but i'd be more worried if it was beating really slow.

Bubble Girl
both are bad

really slow, cause that means your body is shutting down!
but by that i mean like really really slow.

A slower heartbeat is generally better if you are not exerting yourself. A high heart rate can be an indicator of heart troubles. (Your heart has to beat faster to maintain healthy circulation) If your heartbeat is too low, it can also be a problem. You generally want to aim for about 60 beats per minute while resting.

If you have a low at rest pulse rate like 60 then that means you are in VERY good physical conditon. If your pulse rate is like 75 or more in a rested relaxed pace that means that your heart has to work alot harder to get blood thorough your whole body. So in that tense it is better to have a slow heart rate. Now if its like 10 you're dying or if its 180 you should be working out or having some high emotion.

both if un treated, end up in death.

a heartbeat less than 40 per minute is deadly
a heartbeat faster than 180 can also be deadly
so what do you mean by too fast or too slow?

Fast heartbeat is bad. It means you're out of shape, or oxygen isn't being easily absorbed into your body, so your body has to rush. A slow heartbeat is good. It usually means you're fit, and oxygen is easily replaced.

keep in mind that an extreme of either isn't good.

slow you could be resting or have low blood pressure
fast your working or running or you may have high blood pressure
high or low both require medication

Doesnt matter. Just so you fist pump like a champ. Everyone will be okay

When it beats really slowly that's generally a good sign. It means that your heart doesn't need as much strength to pump your blood through your veins. I have something called tachycardia, which means that my heart beats pretty fast (160 resting heart rate) which isn't so good. It means that it takes more energy for the heart to do it's job. Which is generally fine as long as I don't over do it. Hope that helps!

Be More
Well, it's hard to say. It really depends on the person, and if the person is what we call "symptomatic" or not. For reference, a normal heart rate is 60-100. If your heart rate goes below 60, you can start to have low blood pressure. If your heart rate goes above about 150, you can start to have low blood pressure also. In general it is probably worse to have a higher heart rate because that is indicating something is wrong with the body. Pain, fever, anxiety, or heart conditions. A rate slower than 60 can be caused by heart conditions or medication, but can also be caused by athletic conditioning. For example, Lance Armstrongs heart rate when he is asleep is in the 30's...but he's fine, because his heart is just that strong. So I would say that it depends on the person and how they are tolerating the rate.


It depends on how slow, because if it's just slow, then that means you are probably in shape. But if it goes too slow, many things could happen, the obvious being death.

If it's really fast that means you're not getting enough oxygen to the rest of the body so the heart is trying to compensate for that. One reason could be a blood clot.

A normal heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats per minute. When you are fully rested, take your pulse and count the beats for one minute. You will find that when rested, you are between these two rates. Taking your pulse straight after exercise or exertion, it is bound to be higher than 100 beats per minute due to the intensity you are making your heart work. Athletes usually have lower resting heart rates as they have stronger and more efficient hearts, as long as they have no abnormal symptoms with this low heart rate, it isn't a problem.

Tachycardia is a condition where your resting heart rate is more than 100 beats per minute but please bear in mind that this number can vary as smaller people and children have faster heart rates than average adults anyway.
Bradycardia is a condition where your resting heart rate is below 60 beats per minute, again this can change depending on your size and age.

Therefore we need to know how old you are, if you are resting and your size to tell you if this is abnormal...

BBall_Samurai (Fear the Turtle)
I think both are bad... However, when I think of a rapidly beating heart, I think of a heart attack or the like. When I think of a slow beating heart, oncoming death comes to mind.

Angela O
In actual fact both are

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The resting pulse rate of a normal person is 60 to 100 beats per minute (bpm). For a well trained athlete, the resting pulse rate is 40 to 60 bpm

Bradycardia, as applied to adult medicine, is defined as a resting heart rate of under 60 beats per minute, though it is seldom symptomatic until the rate drops below 50 beat/min. Symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, light headedness or fainting. Severe cases may require implantation of artificial pacemakers in their chest.

Atrial fibrillation/flutter is a heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia). It usually involves a rapid heart rate, in which the upper heart chambers (atria) are stimulated to contract in a very disorganized and abnormal manner.
Symptoms may include:
* Pulse that feels rapid, racing, pounding, fluttering, or too slow
* Pulse that feels regular or irregular
* Sensation of feeling the heart beat (palpitations)
* Shortness of breath while lying down
* Confusion
* Dizziness, light-headedness
* Fainting
* Fatigue
Note: Symptoms may begin or stop suddenly.
Possible Complications
* Fainting (syncope), if atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter cause the pulse to be too quick or slow
* Heart failure
* Stroke, if clots break off and travel to the brain (drugs that thin the blood such as heparin and warfarin can reduce the risk)

Ventricular tachycardia is a pulse rate of more than 100 beats per minute, with at least three irregular heartbeats in a row.
If the heart rate during a ventricular tachycardia episode is very fast or lasts longer than a few seconds, there may be symptoms such as:
* Chest discomfort (angina)
* Fainting (syncope)
* Light-headedness or dizziness
* Sensation of feeling the heart beat (palpitations)
* Shortness of breath
Possible Complications
Ventricular tachycardia may not cause symptoms in some people. However, it may be lethal in other people. It is a major cause of sudden cardiac death.

Ventricular fibrillation (VF) is a severely abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) that can be life-threatening.
Possible Complications
The most common complication of VF is sudden death (death that occurs within 1 hour after symptoms started).
For survivors of VF, complications include:
* Coma
* Nerve problems similar to those after a stroke
* Reduced mental perception
Such patients may require implantable cardioverter defibrillators.

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