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Hey guys! Soooo, I have noticed my pulse being higher than normal through the day. I usually have a resting heart rate between 65-75 but it’s been in the 90’s to 100. Like right now I am laying down and it won’t go below 97. I am freaking out and just don’t know what to do. Yesterday it seemed to stay a little lower but now it’s higher today. Usually when I sit or lay down it will immediately drop to 70’s but it’s not. I don’t know....just here to vent and maybe some reassurance. I wasn’t even anxious when I felt it racing and checked my pulse. Of course now that it won’t go down I am stressed about it.
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Think back to what may have changed recently. Is life generally more stressful at the moment? Has your diet changed? Drinking enough water? Are you taking any new medications? The answers to those questions could possibly lead to a root cause. I'm sure there are other applicable questions, but I'm not sure what they are.

60-100 BPM is average resting heart rate for adults. It's also normal for heart rate to fluctuate from time to time. Of course, if you think it's abnormal, the best course of action would be to consult with your doctor. But IMO it sounds harmless, or at least it sounds like you shouldn't be overly concerned. It could be something as simple as not enough water intake.
 

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Think back to what may have changed recently. Is life generally more stressful at the moment? Has your diet changed? Drinking enough water? Are you taking any new medications? The answers to those questions could possibly lead to a root cause. I'm sure there are other applicable questions, but I'm not sure what they are.

60-100 BPM is average resting heart rate for adults. It's also normal for heart rate to fluctuate from time to time. Of course, if you think it's abnormal, the best course of action would be to consult with your doctor. But IMO it sounds harmless, or at least it sounds like you shouldn't be overly concerned. It could be something as simple as not enough water intake.
Thank you for responding. I really appreciate it. Nothing has really changed. I just know my heart rate has always been on the lower side and recently it’s been high. I have a pulse oximeter on my finger right now and it’s 101 and I am laying in bed. Now, is it possible that it’s up right now because I am focused on it....possibly. But just being focused on it make it rise? I think I may contact a cardiologist Monday or else I will just be stressing constantly about it. If mine didn’t run so low before, I wouldn’t be as concerned, but it was always low. So, I don’t know....
 

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Yes, you're obviously anxious about it, which can cause elevated heart rate. If you've not spoken to a doctor / cardiologist about this yet, that's a great first step, IMO, since it does seem to be new for you. Heart rate, from what I have gathered over the years, is usually not an indicator of overall health (heart or otherwise). There are so many factors at play there. But yeah, see a doctor, for peace of mind if nothing else.
 

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Thank you for responding. I really appreciate it. Nothing has really changed. I just know my heart rate has always been on the lower side and recently it’s been high. I have a pulse oximeter on my finger right now and it’s 101 and I am laying in bed. Now, is it possible that it’s up right now because I am focused on it....possibly. But just being focused on it make it rise? I think I may contact a cardiologist Monday or else I will just be stressing constantly about it. If mine didn’t run so low before, I wouldn’t be as concerned, but it was always low. So, I don’t know....
Drinking alcohol can cause this have you had any alcohol in the last couple of days? I say you should try drinking some water that should help to lower your heart rate.
Drinking alcohol can cause this have you had any alcohol in the last couple of days? I say you should try drinking some water that should help to lower your heart rate.
You might just need sleep.
 
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Always think with these kinds of issues it is down to awareness. If I take myself as an example. I would not have a clue what my heart rate was from day to day. Yes the heart flutters from time to time. Skips a beat the odd time. But I don't keep on checking it. When you begin to check it too much it can become a bad thing. That means your focus is fully on your heart. You are bound to be over aware of every little twitch that goes on in that one part of your body. Were people who don't check these things, would have no idea if anything ever changed or not. Because they are not fully focused on their hearts. So people can overdo it at times. This only gives them more anxiety than it is worth.
 

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Drinking alcohol can cause this have you had any alcohol in the last couple of days? I say you should try drinking some water that should help to lower your heart rate.

You might just need sleep.
Nope, no alcohol and I could always use more sleep
Always think with these kinds of issues it is down to awareness. If I take myself as an example. I would not have a clue what my heart rate was from day to day. Yes the heart flutters from time to time. Skips a beat the odd time. But I don't keep on checking it. When you begin to check it too much it can become a bad thing. That means your focus is fully on your heart. You are bound to be over aware of every little twitch that goes on in that one part of your body. Were people who don't check these things, would have no idea if anything ever changed or not. Because they are not fully focused on their hearts. So people can overdo it at times. This only gives them more anxiety than it is worth.
This is very true and I am wearing a new Apple Watch that is causing more problems because it measures my heart rate at all times and keeps a log soooo I may need to turn that feature off lol. Now I’m panicking because I checked the measurements from last night for my oxygen and it said it was 90%-97% throughout the night. I looked back through the readings for the past week though and it has 88% on there....ummm I think I would know if my O2 dropped to 88. But last night I really was using a pulse oximeter that goes on the finger because I felt my heart racing. So I’m either sitting with a pulse oximeter on my finger or staring at my watch :rolleyes:
 
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This is very true and I am wearing a new Apple Watch that is causing more problems because it measures my heart rate at all times and keeps a log soooo I may need to turn that feature off lol. Now I’m panicking because I checked the measurements from last night for my oxygen and it said it was 90%-97% throughout the night. I looked back through the readings for the past week though and it has 88% on there....ummm I think I would know if my O2 dropped to 88. But last night I really was using a pulse oximeter that goes on the finger because I felt my heart racing. So I’m either sitting with a pulse oximeter on my finger or staring at my watch :rolleyes:
Yep, that'll do more harm than good at this point. The watch can't accurately measure O2 sat, IMO. It's on your wrist, and it's not a medical grade device. It's good for general monitoring, but it isn't meant to be used as 100% accurate measurements. I had this same problem with heart rate back when I wore a Fitbit. It would make me so anxious even if I accidentally looked at heart rate and it happened to be higher or lower than I felt was normal.
 

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Honestly I would ditch all the fancy gadgets. They are only causing you more anxiety than they are worth. You are living your life based on these gadgets. That should not be how life is lived.
 

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Honestly I would ditch all the fancy gadgets. They are only causing you more anxiety than they are worth. You are living your life based on these gadgets. That should not be how life is lived.
Yeah, I’ve realized how stressful it is and I am constantly living in fear and checking the heart rate and O2 saturation which is ridiculous.
 

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Set yourself a small challenge. First go just one day without your watch. Or checking anything at all. Now this will be hard. You will probably be flooded with feelings you want to avoid. But they are only feelings. They can not harm you. So there is the challenge. One day without your watch. Let us know if you accept the challenge. Then you can tell us how you are getting on as the day goes by. Are you up for it?
 

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Set yourself a small challenge. First go just one day without your watch. Or checking anything at all. Now this will be hard. You will probably be flooded with feelings you want to avoid. But they are only feelings. They can not harm you. So there is the challenge. One day without your watch. Let us know if you accept the challenge. Then you can tell us how you are getting on as the day goes by. Are you up for it?
Just seeing this message! That will be tough because my stupid anxiety ridden mind is saying “ but what if you miss something important by not checking it” (like high heart rate or whatever). Does this mean I can’t use my pulse oximeter on my finger either? LOL
Honestly, tonight is bad because I just accidentally ran across something that said the covid vaccine is causing myocarditis is some people after their second dose. Wellll, I had my second dose already in February and this all started after it! Now I’m really panicking....I hate this :-(
 

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That will be tough because my stupid anxiety ridden mind is saying “ but what if you miss something important by not checking it” (like high heart rate or whatever).
Tough is not impossible. If you cannot quit "cold turkey" do it in steps. Allow yourself X number of times per day you can check, and stick to it. Gradually decrease the allowed number of self checks over a few weeks' time, until you don't do it at all.

Does this mean I can’t use my pulse oximeter on my finger either?
I think the appropriate answer is yes. Is there a specific reason you need to check O2 sat (e.g. a known medical condition which affects oxygen levels)? If not, monitoring it is useless, whether you have anxiety or not. Without a very specific reason, your oxygen level will never be abnormal. If it is indeed abnormal, you need to seek medical attention to correct it.

Honestly, tonight is bad because I just accidentally ran across something that said the covid vaccine is causing myocarditis is some people after their second dose. Wellll, I had my second dose already in February and this all started after it! Now I’m really panicking
I honestly don't know anything about the vaccines, but IMO this is a reasonable concern to discuss with your doctor. Seeing as how the vaccine is new, as is COVID-19 (relatively speaking) your doctor may not have an intimate understanding either, but they may be aware of more specific information regarding what you read about myocarditis related to the vaccine.
 

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But that is the whole idea of any challenge. Not to be easy. I am only saying 24 hours. You telling us you have to have that watch on all the time? OK, I know I am not a person for modern day things. No idea when I last I had my mobile phone on. because I have no need for it most of the time. As Bin says, if there was a need for your watch, I would fully understand it. But is there a need for it? Apart from it giving you worse anxiety? If it is the time you need, just buy a regular watch. 24 whole hours. That is not much time at all. More like you proving to youself that for one whole day you could go without that watch. Or can you? It also means no other gadgets at all. Seriously what is the point in all these things? They are only causing you more anxiety.

As for the Covid vaccine? One country, Israel, reported about 60 cases out of all the doses it used up. Did you read the bit about them all been men? That is 60 out of 5 million. No maths expert. But I would that down as very rare.
 

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Tough is not impossible. If you cannot quit "cold turkey" do it in steps. Allow yourself X number of times per day you can check, and stick to it. Gradually decrease the allowed number of self checks over a few weeks' time, until you don't do it at all.



I think the appropriate answer is yes. Is there a specific reason you need to check O2 sat (e.g. a known medical condition which affects oxygen levels)? If not, monitoring it is useless, whether you have anxiety or not. Without a very specific reason, your oxygen level will never be abnormal. If it is indeed abnormal, you need to seek medical attention to correct it.



I honestly don't know anything about the vaccines, but IMO this is a reasonable concern to discuss with your doctor. Seeing as how the vaccine is new, as is COVID-19 (relatively speaking) your doctor may not have an intimate understanding either, but they may be aware of more specific information regarding what you read about myocarditis related to the vaccine.
Hey! No, there is no reason I use the pulse oximeter except to check my pulse and O2 which I have no reason to. It all started when my heart rate was up and I could feel my pulse racing. I started obsessively checking it. The vaccine.... yeah that’s a whole other thing. I did call my doctor today and he is putting me on a holter monitor for my heart and doing some lab work. He also sent a referral to a cardiologist. So hopefully I will get all of that taken care of and get good results. I was just so tired of sitting around worrying about it. So I called the doctor today!
But that is the whole idea of any challenge. Not to be easy. I am only saying 24 hours. You telling us you have to have that watch on all the time? OK, I know I am not a person for modern day things. No idea when I last I had my mobile phone on. because I have no need for it most of the time. As Bin says, if there was a need for your watch, I would fully understand it. But is there a need for it? Apart from it giving you worse anxiety? If it is the time you need, just buy a regular watch. 24 whole hours. That is not much time at all. More like you proving to youself that for one whole day you could go without that watch. Or can you? It also means no other gadgets at all. Seriously what is the point in all these things? They are only causing you more anxiety.

As for the Covid vaccine? One country, Israel, reported about 60 cases out of all the doses it used up. Did you read the bit about them all been men? That is 60 out of 5 million. No maths expert. But I would that down as very rare.
The watch I honestly started using to record my steps for a “100 day dash” challenge my company is doing. The watch records the steps and transfers the data to my account for the dash. I never even wore a watch before then! But at this point I may need to just take it off because I am not even getting my steps in for the challenge due to sitting around worrying and googling.

I did see that report I believe out of Israel and then there are 14 in US military that also have developed the myocarditis. One 22 yr old female passed away from it. It’s all just so scary. Covid, vaccine, all of it is scary. But I did call my doctor today and he is going to have me wear a holter monitor for my heart and do some lab work. Also sending a referral to a cardiologist. So hopefully I will get the all clear soon!
 
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I'm so glad you spoke to your doctor. I hope you are able to get some answers and reassurance from the cardiologist. I know mine was very understanding of my health anxiety and told me to call anytime I had questions. It was very comforting.
 

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Hey! No, there is no reason I use the pulse oximeter except to check my pulse and O2 which I have no reason to. It all started when my heart rate was up and I could feel my pulse racing. I started obsessively checking it. The vaccine.... yeah that’s a whole other thing. I did call my doctor today and he is putting me on a holter monitor for my heart and doing some lab work. He also sent a referral to a cardiologist. So hopefully I will get all of that taken care of and get good results. I was just so tired of sitting around worrying about it. So I called the doctor today!
Okay, just curious. I understand though. I used to worry obsessively about my heart rate as well. I did have a Fitbit at one time, but I would also check my pulse manually, so getting rid of the watch alone wasn't enough. I had to really knuckle down and stop checking it. I still find myself feeling my wrist for my pulse once in a while, but it's more habit than anything. It doesn't affect how anxious I feel, and I don't do it just in response to anxiety. I just do it, for whatever reason.

I'm glad you called the doctor and you're getting a referral to a cardiologist. That's great! Not only can they help ease your worries, but they can also help you address your symptoms head on.
 

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I did have a bit of a vaccine debate with a few people on another forum. Not the other main forum I am on. A third forum. My point was long term effects of the vaccines. Easy to find out short term effects. The longer the vaccines are in a body, the more they are finding out. Let us be honest, they did not have long enough with testing to find out any long term effects. Not against vaccines. I get my flu jab every year. I am simply happy to sit back and watch others get these vaccines. Just to see if any issues do arise. The whole heart thing was new to me. They kept that one quiet from the public here in Ireland. Because it was the most used vaccine to begin with. My age group is coming up soon. Honestly I have not made my mind up about if I will get the vaccine or not. I am not that pushed. Hope things work out well for you. That there is nothing wrong with you. Is only a small amount of people. No idea if these people had other medical issues before they got the vaccine? Like I said, not something we heard about here in Ireland.
 

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The vaccine stays in the body for a short time. It tells your body to make the spike protein and then your immune system kicks in to destroy it. Once it gives the code for protein production it breaks down. That is why there have not been long term effects for vaccines. Most side effects are seen within a few weeks. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccine isn’t stable for very long at room temp, which is why they need to be stored cold. So they do not last in your system very long. Any long term effects would be from your immune response, not from the vaccine itself.


I did have a bit of a vaccine debate with a few people on another forum. Not the other main forum I am on. A third forum. My point was long term effects of the vaccines. Easy to find out short term effects. The longer the vaccines are in a body, the more they are finding out. Let us be honest, they did not have long enough with testing to find out any long term effects. Not against vaccines. I get my flu jab every year. I am simply happy to sit back and watch others get these vaccines. Just to see if any issues do arise. The whole heart thing was new to me. They kept that one quiet from the public here in Ireland. Because it was the most used vaccine to begin with. My age group is coming up soon. Honestly I have not made my mind up about if I will get the vaccine or not. I am not that pushed. Hope things work out well for you. That there is nothing wrong with you. Is only a small amount of people. No idea if these people had other medical issues before they got the vaccine? Like I said, not something we heard about here in Ireland.
 

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So these known side effects that some are having. You read about the heart one above. Blood clots. Are we to say the makers knew about these in advance of letting the vaccine been used? If I was a maker of a vaccine and saw this I would stay quiet. Because I want my vaccine used. Can't call them long term effects as the people coming down with these issues would have only gotten their vaccines. Or is it just a certain type of person? Up above members of the US army were mentioned. They should all be fit and healthy. Or so you would imagine.
 
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