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Old 11-14-2005, 01:01 PM
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Red face High pulse rate.... How to lower it???

Ok, i have been denied donating plasma twice now because my pulse was too high.... even after sitting for up to 15 minutes at a time....

I dont drink coffee, i dont smoke, i dont use prescription or over the counter or illegal drugs, I drink lots of water..... so why all of the sudden is it so high???

How can i lower my pulse rate??? any suggestions??? What causes ones pulse to get high in the first place??

Looking for help here, & i do appreciate it.... I need the $$ from donating (read my other thread from wednesday) pretty bad....

So any suggestions welcomed & appreciated...

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You may want to check with your doctor about this one. Are you worried or anxious? I know the first time I donated plasma, my dad was there and it made me very agitated (long story). This made my pulse rate high and I had to sit there for quite a long time before they would let me donate. You may also be getting too much caffeine from other places (tea, chocolate, lemons). Just a thought.

Question: Where did your quote come from? I know I have heard it before, but I can't figure out from where.
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I would echo what sandj suggested by checking with your doctor. An elevated pulse rate can be a symptom of a health issue.
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Meditation or self-hypnosis will lower your resting pulse and bp. And note that cigarettes will raise both and your oral temp as well.
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[ You may also be getting too much caffeine from other places (tea, chocolate, lemons). Just a thought.

Question: Where did your quote come from? I know I have heard it before, but I can't figure out from where.[/quote]

Lemons!!??? I didn't know they contained caffeine. Do oranges?

I think the quote is from the movie "ten things i hate hate about you "
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Yes that is where the quote comes from....

The first time i was denied i changed my eating habits in the morning....

Before i donate i usually eat a bagel at school with my kiddo & stop by the store & grab a banana..... then it suddenly started being high... without changing what i ate...

& the only thing i ever drink is water.... with an occassional fruit juice, that the plasma center gives me...

after being denied the first time i will go & sit & close my eyes & try to think about something peacefull.... though that really doesnt seem to help...

im looking for something possibly simple that i can do before donating.... i donate in the mornings..

does drinking cold stuff before help??? should i have the heat blasting in my car on my way there??? or should i have all the windows down with air conditioning going??? would aspirin help???

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Your pulse rate and BP will be higher in the mornings than the evenings. If you are donating in the morning, try going in the evening.
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In my experiences with a high pulse rate, it's been the fact I have high blood pressure. I take medication for this, so not sure if that's part of the problem. I do know if you are under any extreme duress and distress, that can make it freak out too. If say, I am really stressed about my husband's incarceration or any other thing that's thrown my way, my pulse rate escalates, and I can feel it, it kinda makes me sick to my stomach if it's really high. Usually while I am at home, and its really going, I try and lay down for a few minutes and clear my mind the best I can, even if its temporarily.

Hope this helps, and you find a solution that helps you.....

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Well, i had been donating for about a month prior to any raise in pulse.... it was never a problem before... & its impractical for me to donate in evenings...

Single mom without connections for a sitter.....

Blood pressure is always fine, tempeture also fine... just pulse high.....

We'll see how it goes monday.....
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