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Heart Rate

  • How to Measure

  • Count the number of beats over 15, 30 or 60 seconds and multiply to estimate beats per minute.
    • Normal Range

    • 60 - 100bpm
  • Causes of Bradycardia (<60bpm)

  • Physiological - high cardiac fitness
  • Beta blockers
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Raised intracranial pressure
  • Heart block
  • Sick sinus syndrome
  • Causes of Tachycardia (>100bpm)

  • Sinus tachycardia - physical exertion, infection, anxiety, thyrotoxicosis, stimulant drugs, shock
  • Atrial fibrillation / flutter - aberrant conduction, parenchymal damage
  • Supraventricular tachycardia - aberrant conduction pathways/ re-entry
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