Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Is My Pulse Too High?

Tuesday, 04 Mar 2014 01:21 PM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: I'm worried that my pulse is too high (over 100). Is it genetic, or is there anything I can do to lower it?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
A heart rate of 100  is actually nothing to worry about and is well within the normal range for most people. Pulse levels higher than that can indicative a variety of health conditions — including the presence of an infection, fever, dehydration, or even a side effect of medication.
 
Persistent elevations in heart rate may also relate to a poor diet or being out of shape physically. They are also a red flag for cardiovascular disease, as well as many disorders involving the hormone system (such as thyroid conditions or diabetes).

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Dr. Hibberd's advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital work in emergency medicine and surgery.
 
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