I don't seem to have a single "resting heart rate" - it keeps changing each time I try to measure it! Is this more-likely-than-not bad, or a crapshoot, or...?
My psychiatrist was worried because each of my last few visits (every 2-3 weeks) has seen my heart rate between 100 and 110. She asked me to start checking my heart rate every day while not in the office (because I have anxiety every time I enter a medical facility, and I'm always in a rush because I'm late to everything all the time.)
Anyway, I've measured it at rest (sitting in a chair for 10+ minutes) at various times over the last few days, and the rate is dramatically different at each time. I've had everything from 68 to 110. This is from the cute little electronic device
, which almost perfectly matches the one at the doctor's office (all three
of my doctors' offices, actually, all of a sudden - it's apparently the gizmo of the moment.)
In the interests of providing details now so that I don't have to answer questioners:
So, again, my question is: what do you call it when your heart seems to just, you know, never exactly stabilize at any one rate?
- I've been experiencing moderate-to-extreme vertigo and nausea a lot in the last few weeks, and was in the ER the other day; the triage nurse was worried about me having an "irregular pulse" but they didn't do any heart testing at the time.
- The reason Doctor A gave when she asked me to do this was because of the like twelve CNS-affecting medications I'm on (everything from Adderall to Vyvanse, plus several anti-depressants and anti-convulsants and other stuff in between them alphabetically; I just started on Dramamine to combat the vertigo, plus Zofran - hey, all the way to the end of the alphabet, neat - for the nausea.)
- I had an ECG at Doctor B's office in May because I nearly fainted twice in a week with no obvious reason. It was apparently normal enough, as, again, no further testing took place. Doctor B is my primary care physician, and I will be meeting with her on Wednesday to discuss this - I'm trying to be prepared for that discussion.
- My sister and my mom both have "heart flutters," in my mom's words. Meanwhile, I have had multiple ECGs over the course of my lifetime and have easily spent a good 10 or 15 hours total with a human being trying to listen to either my lungs or my heart, and no one has ever given me any kind of a cardiac type diagnosis (the medical establishment is free and easy with giving me diagnoses, so I feel this is relevant.)
And, is it possibly bad or almost certainly really bad or maybe just one of those things like "nausea" that hardly tells anyone anything at all (and no, I don't
expect precision here)?
Note: the word "arrhythmia" isn't quite enough for this, because the trouble I have is figuring out the specific term
for this random oscillation between different days, different times in the same day, etc., as opposed to the rhythm potentially being clearly irregular in a Morse code kind of way. I don't think this device is good enough to tell me whether or not my heart is doing anything super-erratic, though it does
in fact jump up and down a lot - the oxygen level by 1 or 2%, the heart rate by up to 15 beats. I'm more concerned about the extremely large range
I'm seeing over the course of multiple days.
Oh, and also, I typically see a very noticeable and near-immediate drop of easily 10 beats if I breathe slowly, which suggests to me that the device really is responding to actual changes in my body as opposed to it just being broken.