I am a 19 year old male with a resting pulse rate that generally ranges anywhere from as "low" as 90 beats per minute on up to 140 or so beats per minute. The higher numbers are often accompanied by light-headedness, sort of a jittery feeling, and hand tremors.
I've talked about this with my (soon-to-be "former") general practitioner a couple of times, and he basically brushes the situation off and says that such a situation is to be expected in an overweight individual (6'3" / 300lbs). I might add that these statements from him always come with a fair amount of light-hearted, "not a care in the world" kind of chuckling.
I've read what the normal pulse rates are supposed to be, and I am convinced that whatever is going on surely must be more serious than this wretched doctor is suggesting.
I made an appointment with a cardiologist, but it isn't for about three months.
My question is, just how serious does something like this sound? Should I try to find more urgent attention for it than the appointment I've got?
I find the whole situation to be rather worrisome, really.
I'm sorry to hear how you've been received by your Dr. Has he ever bothered to do a simple EKG or drawn any blood for analysis to see what might be going on?
You've made a good choice by leaving this Dr behind...If for nothing else, lack of compassion or bedside manner! How often is your resting heart rate at 140bmp?
It really is hard to determine without proper tests to even fathom a guess to what is going on. I don't want to say this is very serious or life threatening...it definitely needs to be evaluated. A 3 month wait is a bit long. Is there any way you may be able to be put on the cancellation list?
We're here to help you through this and again I am so sorry to hear about your experience with your GP.
Now that you mention having already been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, this could explain your symptoms. Anxiety disorder can lead to all the symptoms you have been experiencing.
Of course that doesn't mena that these symptoms should be ignored or chalke up to your underlying disorder. If you have new onset symptoms or sypmtoms that have increased in intensity, they need to be addressed.
When you see the cardiologist, don't forget to mention this to him/her. What are you taking to combat your anxiety?
Just thought I'd lend my thoughts on your matter. I myself am a 19 year old male, dealing with a resting heart rate generally ~100 BPM. However, I would be considered "underweight." Even with your weight, a pulse of 140 while resting is quite high. For me, I was in the 60-65 range before this whole debacle.
Did this start all of a sudden? Seems like you're taking this well, which is the best course of action. By any chance, are you from Canada? Seems like that 3-4 month waiting time is standard for specialists here, and frustratingly long. I've had my issue for over one year, and have yet to get a solid answer. Like yourself, I also left behind my family doctor for his lack of concern and passion on the matter. It's your life, and should be dealt with in the proper manner. Listen, don't get discouraged for waiting, and perhaps not even finding anything wrong in the medical tests that surely await you. Keep optimistic - everything'll work out great.
Strange you mentioned that "jittery" feeling as well. I get that too! Not sure if it's the same thing, but I swear it feels like something in my inner body is "shivering," and I just wait it out. No one can explain that to me.
There's not much else I can offer than some words of encouragement (since, I'm in a somewhat similar situation). Keep strong, and I'll be more than to help you out in any way I can.
I've been convinced that my stresses have been being controlled well enough that the shakiness and nervousness that comes with the really high numbers are in fact originating from the high pulse itself. I don't know how I haven't considered that the tremors and abnormal nerves weren't actually the CAUSE of the high heart rates.
I don't know if it's true, of course. I'll be very interested to see what the cardiologist's opinion is.
I know to an observer it would seem incredibly foolish how one would not imagine such an obvious possible connection, but somehow actually sitting down and writing things out helps a person's mind to consider a wider array of possibilities than they normally would.
You sound very intelligent and on top of what is happening in your body. In the eyes of professionals, sometimes it is easier to brush symptoms off or assume that they are only connected to your anxiety disorder...Whatever the case, I wish you the best and hope that you get to the bottom of it...sooner than later:)
Actually, the numbers this high have occurred for maybe a half a year.
As far as taking it well goes, I know there wouldn't be sense in getting really depressed when a cause is not even known. I mean, if a doctor would tell me that I have some specific, serious disorder of the heart then I'd definitely be upset. But no sense in jumping to conclusions.
I'm not in Canada, but the Louisiana medical system is sufficiently abominable in its own little ways.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.