Heart Disease Community
Pulse rate is almost half compared to last month
About This Community:

A community of people with Heart Disease to guide and support your heart-health journey. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences: symptoms, nutrition, and management.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Pulse rate is almost half compared to last month

I am female, 47 y/o, 5'5, 128 lbs. I eat mostly whole foods, but had no exercise routine, thin but very unfit. I quit smoking 2 weeks ago, 1-pack/day. Family history of very low blood pressure and heart attacks at very young age (father/37, brother/42, others) but they were in superior physical condition.

2 months ago I had a treadmill stress test (electro not echo).Test was stopped in 8th min due to extreme dizziness. Blood pressure had dropped to 80/60. Since then, I began taking my pulse several times per day. Before I quit smoking, my pulse was always 100 or more bpm, often 120+, occasional pounding/racing heart for no apparent reason (at rest).

In the past 2 weeks I have quit smoking and started walking on a treadmill. I have slowly increased my endurance to walking briskly 1.25 miles on a slight incline. No dizziness has occured. Pulse rate during exercise is now in the 120's. Pulse rate when not exercising has dropped dramatically (58-72 bpm) at any given time with no palpitations at all. It is now difficult for me to even find my pulse to take it.

Is it normal for my pulse rate to drop so dramatically after quitting smoking, or should I see a cardiologist? Other concerns?

Related Discussions
2 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
1468421_tn?1296775600
Hello!  It sounds to me like you're doing everything right.  Quitting smoking is such a wonderful thing to do for your body, so congratulations on that!  Exercising is also a great thing, and the fact that your resting pulse rate has dropped to a normal level means you should keep up with the exercising and stay away from the smoking.  I don't think you should be too worried at this point, especially if you are no longer experiencing dizziness with exercise.  

If you still want to get checked out by a cardiologist, obviously go ahead, but I think a cardio would be more concerned if your resting rate was still 120 rather than ~60.  Nicotine can definitely raise your heart rate, so the effect of quitting should probably be pretty immediate.

Good luck!
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
SEE A CARDIOLOGIST ASAP YOU CAN DEVELOP OTHER ISSUES ESPECIALLY WITH THE FAMILY HISTORY BUT THE STOP SMOKING IDEA WAS GREAT I STOPPED 35 YEARS AGO IT WAS THE BEST MEDICAL THING I EVER DID.....GOOD LUCK
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
11548417_tn?1423126466
Blank
Ger57
Netherlands
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Occupant
IL
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Blank
HeartRhythm Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
JessicaWooten31 commented on When Your Cold Is Not...
13 hrs ago
139792_tn?1299416777
Blank
Dalubaba commented on Brain Fog ..the cause...
Apr 18
363281_tn?1353103243
Blank
SassyLassie commented on photo
Apr 16
Heart Disease Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
748543_tn?1371753642
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
Jan 27 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGDBlank
469720_tn?1388149949
Blank
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm-treatable... Blank
Oct 04 by Lee Kirksey, MDBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
11548417_tn?1423126466
Blank
Ger57
Netherlands
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Occupant
IL