- A dangerous heart rate is when the heart beats too slowly (bradycardia) or too fast (tachycardia).
- According to the American Heart Association, an adult’s heartbeat is too slow when it is below 60 bpm, and too fast when it is above 100 bpm.
- Some factors that affect heart rate include stress, hormones, medication, activity levels and anxiety, according to the American Heart Association.
A quick way to get your heart rate up is to do some form of cardiovascular exercise, like jogging. But at certain times, the rate at which your heart beats can become dangerous.
Your heart rate is measured by how many times your heart beats per minute, called “BPM”. Human heart rate usually decreases during sleep (resting heart rate) and increases when exercising.
Other factors that affect your heart rate include stress, hormones, medication, activity levels and anxiety, according to the American Heart Association. Each age has a target heart rate range.
What is a dangerous heart rhythm?
Heart rate becomes a concern when the heart beats too slowly (bradycardia) or too fast (tachycardia).
According to the American Heart Association, an adult’s heartbeat can be too slow when it is below 60 bpm, and too fast when it exceeds 100 bpm. But slower and faster heart rates aren’t always worrisome. Your heart rate will increase during exercise and could drop to less than 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 the American Heart Association News says it’s okay to track your heart rate, but don’t become obsessed.
“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. He added that high blood pressure, obesity and smoking are among the issues that attract the most attention.
What is a dangerous heart rhythm for a child?
According to an article by British doctor Sarah Jarvis published by Egton Medical Information Systems and updated 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 between 12 and 24 months
- More than 140 bpm in children between 2 and 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 posted on wolterskluwer.com and updated May 2021 bradycardia in children is
- Less than 100 bpm for babies
- Less than 80 bpm for toddlers and young children
- Less than 70 bpm for school age children
- Under 60 bpm for teenagers
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 itself that forms in one part of the body, breaks off, and then travels to another location is called an embolus. When a blood vessel is blocked by a clot, it’s called an embolism, according to Johns Hopkins.
How do I know if I’m having a panic attack?
According to the Mayo Clinic, a panic attack is a sudden moment of anxiety that causes physical reactions when there is no real threat or harm.
Symptoms of panic attacks according to the NHS report include:
- sensations that feel like an irregular or fast heartbeat
- irregular or rapid heartbeat
- shortness of breath
- a feeling of suffocation
- light headed
- tingling in fingers
- ringing in the ears