Avatar universal

What can cause a high pulse (since childhood)?

I have had a high pulse since I was about 5-6 years old. Maybe sooner, but this and the first time it was ever taken. Now at 23, it's still high. It always was. It's usually between 90 and 100. Higher obviously if I'm nervous or sick. Went to the dr recently for a physical and it was 111.

Blood pressure is low-normal ranging from 100/76 to about 120/80. It's usually closer to 120/80.

I have severe anxiety and have been getting treated since I was 16. It is not the medications because my pulse hasn't changed, but it could be the anxiety.

I have blood work scheduled (but have had it all done in the past and it's been normal) and after that I go back to the dr. But in the mean time I was wondering what this could be. It doesn't affect my daily life in any way. It simply is just there and always has been. It hasn't changed in the last 15 years.
6 Responses
11548417 tn?1506080564
Just as people have different lengths they  also have different heart rates.
With 90-100, you are in the category of people who have a "above average" but acceptable heart rate.

What causes this heart rate is not to say other than that it is congenital.
If you are not really fit at the moment, you could probably get it a little bit lower with physical training.
Avatar universal
I should add that I am...not exactly athletic but not out of shape. I'm 5'5" and weigh 125 pounds at most. I used to be more active when I was in school, but that seemed to have no effect on my heart rate. It does go up if I do exercise, but I have exercise induced asthma so I don't do much cardio.
11548417 tn?1506080564
I would not worry about it.
Your heart rate is not outside the "normal" range, it is like this for many years and it does not cause you problems, so its just fine.

Take care,
976897 tn?1379167602
I would eliminate possible causes before calling it normal. At the age of 16 your heart rate should have slowed down, to around 70. Your blood pressure is also a tad high at 120/80 for your age. Have you had any blood tests or EKGs to see if anything is going on? have you ever been to a cardiologist? I think it would be wise to make sure everything is ok before labeling it as ok. When you take your pulse how are you doing it? are you making sure you are seated and fully relaxed? or are you anxious it might be high?
Avatar universal
Blood tests and EKGs are scheduled, yes. Have had blood tests in the past that showed nothing. When I take my pulse after sitting/laying for a while it's usually around 92 or so. Although right now as I lay here it's 84. Low for me.

I could be a bit off on my blood pressure...most recently it was 101/76. It may often be 120/70ish rather than 80.

And my anxiety is pretty bad. It can manifest itself physically in other ways (headaches, stomach aches, etc.) so I wouldn't be surprised if when they take my blood pressure it goes up a bit just because they're taking it.
976897 tn?1379167602
Please let us know what your blood tests and EKGs reveal :)
Have an Answer?

You are reading content posted in the Heart Disease Community

Top Heart Disease Answerers
159619 tn?1538180937
Salt Lake City, UT
11548417 tn?1506080564
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Is a low-fat diet really that heart healthy after all? James D. Nicolantonio, PharmD, urges us to reconsider decades-long dietary guidelines.
Can depression and anxiety cause heart disease? Get the facts in this Missouri Medicine report.
Fish oil, folic acid, vitamin C. Find out if these supplements are heart-healthy or overhyped.
Learn what happens before, during and after a heart attack occurs.
What are the pros and cons of taking fish oil for heart health? Find out in this article from Missouri Medicine.
How to lower your heart attack risk.