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I have a 78 year old mother with Parkinson's disease who is experiencing an increase heart rate of 130 beats per minute. Her blood pressure is normal....but her heart rate in elevated. She has had these symptoms previously on more than one occasion and it has eventually come back to a normal level. Is this normal and what steps should we take?

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I assume the heart rate you have measured - 130/minute is indeed correct. I recommend a re check / getting a nurse or medic to check it since in patients with Parkinson tremors it might be difficult to accurately count the beats.

Assuming the rate indeed is 130/minute - this is not normal. This is called tachycardia. If the heart rate becomes 130 per minute in response to some exertion or exercise that is acceptable. Otherwise if the rate goes up above 90-100 per minute it needs evaluation. This could be a rhythm abnormality of the heart. This could be easily diagnosed by an ECG. If the ECG is normal your Doctor would recommend tests to rule out high Thyroid hormone, low Hemoglobin etc which can cause the heart to beat faster.

In short - recheck the rate - If it still high more than 90/minute, get in touch with your Doctor and get ECG and blood test done.

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Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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