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Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
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what is the normal pulse for a 93 year old man

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what is the normal pulse for a 93 year old man

Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Hi--and we can continue after this if you'd like--normal is not a very good term here, but the average resting heart rate for a man of that age would be somewhere between about 68 and 75
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

would you say hat my pulse rate is too high

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Well, can you tell me more like what your blood pressure is and if your heart rate is on average over 100 Douglas? Any medical conditions and do you take any medications? And is your pulse regular without any palpitations or skipped beats?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

132/88


heart rate varies from 75-112


have type 2 diabetes


medicine for high blood pressure,hiatus hernia ,arthritic neck


pulse is regular

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
OK. How often and for how long is your pulse above the 100 range? Is your doctor aware of this?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

for the last 48 hours,and was between 90-95 for the 4 days prior to that

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
OK Douglas. There's obviously something going on here. You might be having an arrhythmia problem like atrial fibrillation or something called paroxysmal atrial tachycardia. That said, it could be an electrolyte problem, especially with your potassium level. While I don't think it's signalling a potential heart attack on the way, I worry about this, so you need to call your doctor right away. You need an EKG and blood work to start with.

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