My Resting Heart Rate Is Near 100 B.P.M.
February 4, 2010 10:27 AM Subscribe
My resting heart rate is over 95 BPM. I feel fine, but should I see a doctor? I don't have medical insurance and not a whole lot of money. Not sure I can afford it.
To add to this, I've been very stressed out lately. But even when I'm resting, my heart rate is high. I woke up this morning, did my normal routine (no coffee this morning, yet) and sat down to start work. I sit at the computer because I'm a writer.
I took my heart rate twice and it averaged at about 101 BPM (once on the neck, the other on the wrist). I thought, "Ok. I should just give it 15 minutes, do a little work and research and take my heart rate again."
15 minutes later, and about 2 minutes prior to posting this, I took my heart rate again. It's still at about 100. Last month, my girlfriend and I were lying in bed with her head on my chest and she said, "Your heart is beating kinda fast." I thought nothing of it and chalked it up to a bit of stress.
Few facts: I don't exercise much. The only exercise I get these days is walking - even then, I don't walk more than two or three miles per week. I'm 28 years old and heart disease runs in my family. I'm 6'1" and about 195 lbs. I probably don't eat as well as I should. Over the past month, because of work and switching publications, I've had several panic attacks (I've had them regularly in the past, but went two or three years without one). I'm not a doctor, but I'd classify that as an anxiety disorder because I couldn't work or do anything whenever I'd get them.
There is no price that one can put on his health, that much I know. However, I just really can't afford a doctor right now. (My last job was paying shit, I've moved to a new publication that pays me more than double, which led to a bit of the stress. The old publication kept counter-offering pathetic numbers to get me to stay.)
Any suggestions? Cheap doctors? I live in the Los Angeles area.