fever or infection cause increased heart rate??

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-09-2002
fever or infection cause increased heart rate??
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Sat, 03-05-2011 - 10:23pm

Hi friends.

I've had a fever and pain and

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-07-2007
Mon, 03-07-2011 - 1:34pm
Hi Rhonda, when are you seeing your doctor (or did you already)? If you haven't seen him/her yet, you probably should ask about the increased heart rate to make sure that there isn't something else going on.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-09-2002
Mon, 03-07-2011 - 9:27pm
Yes I had already seen the Dr and forgot to mention the heart rate to him. I saw my GYN and it turns out as suspected I had a Bladder infection. Now that the fever is gone and i've been on antibiotics my heart rate has returned to 60 -65 beats a minute. Actually the heartrate returned to my normal when the fever went away. So i'm suspecting the fever. I just wonderer if anyone else has ever experienced the same things.
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-07-2007
Tue, 03-08-2011 - 9:35am
I'm sure others have experienced that and maybe just not even realized it.

I'm glad the fever is gone and hopefully you're feeling a lot better.

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Tue, 03-08-2011 - 10:37am

I have a terrible time with links, so I just c&p what I found online.

The blood vessels of the body, particularly the peripheral blood vessels, i.e those of the skin; can dilate or contract depending on body temperature. When the temperature of the body drops, the peripheral blood vessels contract to conserve heat. When the body's temperature increases above normal, the peripheral blood vessels dilate to allow more heat to escape. The blood vessels dilating lowers the blood pressure in the body, because the blood distribution has increased to areas which previously had less distribution. The body now has to compensate, because of the change in pressure less blood is being pumped to the vital organs of the body. It does this by increasing the cardiac output, the amount of blood pumped out of the heart per given time. Cardiac output can be increased by increasing the heart rate. Thus an increase in temperature, through the vasodilation of blood vessels causes a drop in blood pressure, which is compensated for by increasing the cardiac output, which can be achieved through increasing the heart rate. Therefore heart rate increases when temperature increases.



Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_does_temperature_increase_heart_rate#ixzz1G1TEy6Ve
Ok, so when I c&p it put the link at the bottom.
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-07-2007
Tue, 03-08-2011 - 2:04pm
Carol, thanks so much for sharing that. It makes a lot of sense.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-09-2002
Wed, 03-09-2011 - 11:38am
Very informative... thank you
Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Wed, 03-16-2011 - 8:09pm

Awesome Information!

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