We all know the feeling of a high heart rate – when our hearts are beating hard and fast in our chest.
Sometimes a high heart rate is due to excessive physical activity, while other times it can be due to panic, stress or anxiety. To truly measure your heart rate, one must analyze his or her results while at in a relaxed, resting state.
To accurately measure your resting heart rate right now from your smartphone, download Instant Heart Rate for free. Within seconds, you’ll have a pinpoint accurate reading of your heart rate.
So, what does a high heart rate look like?
A healthy adult heart beats 60 to 100 times per minute when at rest. Anything over 100 beats per minute consistently is considered as having a high heart rate (tachycardia).
Although relatively harmless sometimes, tachycardia can cause the heart rate in the upper or lower chambers to increase. When this happens, your heart is not able to efficiently pump blood to your body. Lack of oxygen to your body can cause dizziness, lightheadedness, chest pain or fainting.
Tachycardia can be caused by several factors:
- Heart conditions – heart related conditions such as high blood pressure and poor blood supply to the heart muscle due to coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, heart failure, heart muscle disease, tumors or infections.
- Health conditions – Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) and emphysema and other lung diseases.
- Stimulants – drinking large amounts of alcoholic or caffeinated beverages, smoking cigarettes, and abuse of recreational drugs.
- Other – abnormal electrical pathways caused by a genetic defect at birth, electrolyte imbalances in the body (too little potassium, calcium, sodium and other minerals), and side effects of heart medications.
Several options are used to treat tachycardia and remember that a high heart rate can be due to a number of reasons. When logging your daily heart rate in Instant Heart Rate, be sure to look for patterns.
If you see a consistent high heart rate, it may be time to look into a professional analysis. Contact your doctor about your heart rate to find the best solution that works for you.