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All you need to know about PULSE RATE and causes for it's increase

BY: Deena David | Category: Health and Fitness | Post Date: 2009-11-29

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Pulse rate is nothing but the number of times the heart beats. The pulse rate is usually calculated for a minute. Pulse rate is very important as far as a medical professional is concerned because it is the basic method of checking if the patient is all right. Pulse rate can be increased or decreased and both these changes can be pathological and can be due to the presence of some disease in the person.

The usual method of checking the pulse rate is to use the finger to palpate the vein and then the person who is checking the pulse check the number of times the pulse is felt on the palpated area in a particular duration of time. The usual duration for which this is checked is about one minute. The normal pulse rate should be about 72 to 78 per minute, but in some people, it can even be mildly higher than this. Some people consider that a pulse rate of about 65 to even 100 should be within the normal range.

Factors that can increase the pulse rate:

There are various factors that can increase the pulse rate. Some of these factors are normal and some of these can be pathological in nature.

1. Physical exertion:

There are various physical activities that can cause an increase in the pulse rate of the person. Sexual activities can increase the pulse rate. Running for even a short distance can also increase the pulse rate. A person who is climbing up the stairs can also have an increased pulsed rate. These are some of the examples of physical activity causing an increase in the pulse rate of the individual.

2. Medications:

There are various medications that can cause the pulse rate of a person to be very high. Some common medications that increase the pulse rate of the individual are nasal decongestants and also the various types of inhalers that are used by people who are affected by asthma. This is because the medications in them cause a feeling of racing of the heart which is nothing but the increased pulse rate in the individual.

3. Stress:

Stress is another important cause of the increased pulse in an individual. There are a lot of people who may be stressed and in those conditions; the person may have an increased pulse. The common examples are at times of fear. A person who is scared will have an increase in the pulse.

Though these are the common causes of a high heart rate, there are pathological conditions, especially when there is a heart problem that can cause high heart rates. These heart rates never come down, whereas the elevated heart rate in other conditions comes down on rest. The abnormal heart rate due to disease can be diagnosed with appropriate diagnostic tests.

A person with very high heart rate can have bounding pulse. The person can also have dizziness or fainting as signs of the elevated hearty rate. The person can also feel that their heart is beating faster which are called as palpitations.

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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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