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Measuring Pulse Rate
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Measuring pulse rate review, clinical notes and interpretation
 
A fast resting heat rate may be caused by:
  • Exercise
  • Meal
  • Smoking
  • Anxiety
  • Dehydration
  • Medications/drugs
  • Young age (children)
  • Disease
    • Sepsis
    • Myocardial infarction
A slow resting heart may be caused by:
  • Physically fit
  • Heart disease
  • Cardiac medications
  • Enhanced body relaxation
A weak pulse may be caused by:
  • Heart disease
  • Reduced heart pumping capacity
  • Dehydration
  • Hemorrhagic shock
Conditions or symptoms that require emergency medical treatment include:
  • Disease - sepsis, myocardial infarction
  • Hemorrhagic shock
Conditions or symptoms that require medical referral include:
  • Heart disease
  • Dehydration
  • Reduced heart pumping capacity

 

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