- A dangerous heart rate is when the heart beats too slowly (bradycardia) or too fast (tachycardia).
- An adult’s heartbeat is too slow below 60 bpm and too fast above 100 bpm, according to the American Heart Association.
- Some factors that affect your heart rate include stress, hormones, medications, activity levels and anxiety, according to the American Heart Association.
A quick way to get your heart rate up is to do a form of cardiovascular exerciselike going for a run. But at certain points, the rate at which your heart beats could become dangerous.
Your heart rate is measured by how many times does your heart beat per minute, called “BPM”. The heart rate of humans generally slows down during sleep (resting heart rate) and increases with exercise.
Other factors that affect your heart rate include stress, hormones, medication, activity levels and anxiety, according to the American Heart Association. Every age has a target heart rate range.
What is a dangerous heart rate?
The heartbeat of an adult can be too slow once it’s less than 60 bpmY too fast once over 100 bpm, according to the American Heart Association. but slower and faster heart rates are not always a concern. Your heart rate will increase during exercise and may drop below 60 bpm when, for example, you are sleeping.
Cardiologists are generally more concerned with things like heart rhythm than heart rate. A February 2021 story from American Heart Association News says It’s okay to track your heart rate, but don’t obsess over it.
“Heart rate is only part of the whole picture,” Dr. Tracy Stevens, a cardiologist at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, told AMA News. She added that high blood pressure, obesity and smoking are among the problems that attract the most attention.
What is a dangerous heart rate for a child?
According to an article by British physician Dr. Sarah Jarvis that was published by Egton Medical Information Systems and updated in November 2021, what is considered tachycardia differs depending on the age of the child:
- More than 160 bpm in children under 12 months
- More than 150 bpm in children 12 to 24 months
- More than 140 bpm in children 2 to 4 years old
According to an article by Dr. Jennifer Silva, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine, published on wolterskluwer.com and updated May 2021, Bradycardia in children is
- Less than 100 bpm for infants
- Less than 80 bpm for toddlers and young children
- Less than 70 bpm for school-age children
- Less than 60 bpm for adolescents
What is a pulmonary embolism?
A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that forms in a blood vessel, most commonly in the leg, according to Johns Hopkins.
It then travels to a pulmonary artery and blocks blood flow. The blood clot that forms in one part of the body, breaks off, and then travels to another part is called an embolus. When a a blood vessel is blocked by an embolusit’s called an embolism, according to Johns Hopkins.
How do I know if I am having a panic attack?
A panic attack is at an abrupt moment of anxiety. that provokes physical reactions when there is no real threat or harm, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Symptoms of panic attacks according to NHS reporting include:
- sensations that feel like an irregular or fast heartbeat
- irregular or fast heartbeat
- difficulty breathing
- a feeling of suffocation
- tingling fingers
- ringing in the ears