How to Bring Heart Rate Down

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There are many things which can cause a person to experience a heart rate over 100 beats per minute (bpm), known as tachycardia. Low blood pressure, heart disease, dehydration, stress and thyroid issues are just a few causes of tachycardia. No matter what the underlying cause, there are a few simple things you can do to help bring your heart rate down.

Diet, Meditation and Exercise

  • Watch your diet. Avoid caffeine and alcohol; both are known to increase heart rate in susceptible people. Food sensitives and allergies may also cause heart rate to go up. Chemocare.com suggests keeping a diary of everything you eat and drink, along with a diary of times you experience tachycardia. Compare the two sets of data to determine if a specific food is contributing to your fast heart rate.

  • Learn to meditate. Meditation calms your mind and body. Find a quiet place, sit in a comfortable chair and close your eyes. Focus your attention on the in and out of your breathing. Don't allow your thought to wander away from your breath. Sit this way for at least five minutes several times a day.

  • Exercise lightly. Light exercises like swimming, walking or light aerobics make your heart stronger and can slow your resting heart beat. Speak with your doctor before starting any exercise program.

  • See your doctor. Tachycardia can be a sign of a serious heart disease, lung infection or infection of the blood, so take the time to consult your doctor.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't put off a visit to your doctor.

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