How do I quickly get my heart rhythm back?
A heart rate above 90 beats per minute at rest may mean that your heart is working extra hard to pump blood, and this can lead to serious problems.
If your heart has started beating more frequently for no reason, there are several ways to get your heart rate back to normal:
1. Make sure your surroundings are cool and comfortable. Both high temperatures and humidity can increase blood flow and heart rate. Open a window or turn on the air conditioner.
2. Drink a glass of cold water in small sips. Hot drinks, coffee, or strong tea are prohibited, as they may provoke an increased heart rate.
3. Cool your face. Place a towel soaked in cold water on your forehead and temporal lobe areas, or wash your face with cold water.
4. Lie down or sit down and, if possible, raise your legs by putting them in an elevated position. This will relieve strain on your heart and blood vessels.
5. Do breathing exercises. Count to 5 and take a deep breath, then slowly exhale as you count to 5; do this several time.
6. As you stand up, or change body positions, make sure that you do so slowly. Standing up too quickly may cause dizziness and an increased heart rate.
7. Monitor your pulse and blood pressure, as doing so will allow you to take action in time to see a doctor.
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