Went to urgent care with symptoms of bad cold. BP was normal but my heart rate was 120 at its highest then went down to 105. Doctor seemed very concerned and said if I felt chest pain to go to the ER. I do suffer from anxiety frequently so I always am nervous at doctors office. Had full heart work up 2 years ago and I was fine. Went in for a cold now she had me worried about this. I visit hematologist all the time for my anemia did not say a word about being concerned about heart rate. I take my BP at home a lot with my machine and heart rate usually anywhere from 83-94. Should I be worried?
Can a cold raise heart rate?
Question posted by TiredinPA on 5 March 2017
Last updated on 16 March 2018
Hi Tired in Pa,
If that was a one time event I would say not to worry. Going to any urgent care or ER is stressful especially if you suffer from anxiety.
When did you have you anemia last checked up on?
If your hemoglobin is down it causes your heart to beat faster. The heart has to work harder to circulate the oxygen-deprived blood to the organs.
I would call your docs office on Monday to make sure they were sent a report of your urgent care visit.
If it continues tomorrow or you get chest pains then get to the ER (not urgent care).
Take it really easy tomorrow.
Did you take cold med, OTCs or change your prescription meds lately.
It sounds like a side effect and some of those cold meds have ephedrine which can increase your heart rate.
Did your heart rate come down prior to discharge? If so, it may have been the anxiety.
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