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Heart Palpitations

By April 16, 2012 - 12:52pm
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I have been experiencing heart palpitation after walking a short distance, drinking herbal teas that are caffeine free and moving around my apartment. And sometimes after drinking water that I have boiled. My heart beats fast anytime of the day especially when i arrive home. My blood pressure will sometimes be normal and the pulse is 99 to 100 and sometimes visa versa. I'm on one blood pressure medication and HCGT once a day. It can be a little scary because it will last for 15minutes. My doctors are aware of it. Is a blood pressure of 99/78 normal. And when is the top number and lower number is too high?

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As I mentioned, normally, the heart beats 60 to 100 beats per minute. A pulse rate in the 90s itself is not a cause for palpitations.

As I also mentioned, palpitations are of concern if they are associated with an abnormal heart rhythm. Have you been diagnosed with an abnormal heart rhythm.

Other causes, in addition to causes mentioned above, include anemia, anxiety, exercise, diet pills, cocaine, fever, hyperventilation, low levels of oxygen in your blood, nicotine and hyperthyroidism.

To help you and your doctor figure out how serious the palpitations are and what is the underlying cause- keep a record or diary. Record how often you have palpitations, when they happen, how long they last, your heart rate at the time of the palpitations and what you are feeling and doing at the time.

Share your record with your physician during your next appointment.


April 18, 2012 - 4:50pm

Hello carame11,
One's blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is produced primarily by the contraction of the heart muscle. Measurement is recorded by two numbers. The first number is the systolic pressure and is measured after the heart contracts and is the highest of the two numbers. The second number is the diastolic pressure and is measured before the heart contracts and is the lowest of the two numbers.

According to the American Heart Association, blood pressure should normally be less than 120/80 for an adult age 20 or over. Blood pressure can change from minute to minute with changes in posture, exercise, stress and sleep.

Heart palpitations are heartbeat sensations that feel like your heart is pounding or racing. They are usually not serious. However, it depends on whether the palpitations represent an abnormal heart rhythm, also referred to as an arrhythmia.
Normally, the heart beats 60 to 100 times each minute.
Caffeine, certain medications, including those used to treat hypertension and heart valve disease, such as mitral valve prolapse, can cause heart palpitations.

To answer your question, yes, a blood pressure reading of 99/78 is within the normal range. Systolic pressure of 120 to 139 and diastolic pressure of 80 to 89 is considered prehypertension. Systolic pressure of 140 to 159 and diastolic pressure of 90 to 99 is considered hypertension stage 1. A blood pressure with a systolic of 160 or higher and a diastolic of 100 or higher is considered hypertension stage 2. Hypertensive crisis is identified by a systolic pressure of higher than 180 and a diastolic pressure of higher than 110.

I hope that I have provided information that answers your question.


April 16, 2012 - 4:26pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

My blood pressue can be normal, but my pulse can be in the 90's. When this occurs, I am feeling my heart racing at the time of the reading. What causes this?

April 18, 2012 - 10:28am
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