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Your resting pulse rate.

  1. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image98
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 7 years ago

    Your resting pulse rate.

    I ate a big meal, and went next door to my folk's house.  Mom has a new blood pressure checking machine, and insisted on taking my blood pressure, which was perfect - but I was alarmed at my pulse rate.  I hadn't been awake long, and had just ate a big meal, so I thought that it should have been low.  Does eating affect a person's pulse?  In other words, should a person's pulse be higher or lower just after they'd ate a sizable meal?

  2. Spirit Whisperer profile image80
    Spirit Whispererposted 7 years ago

    It is normal to have a slightly elevated heart rate after eating due to increased blood flow.

  3. Mr Nice profile image78
    Mr Niceposted 7 years ago


    Pulse rate can be measured at any point on the body where the artery's pulsation is transmitted to the surface by pressuring it with the index and middle fingers; often it is compressed against an underlying structure like bone.

    Heart rate can vary as the body's need to absorb oxygen and excrete carbon dioxide changes, such as during exercise or sleep.

    You can find detailed information at the link below.....


  4. stefancando profile image68
    stefancandoposted 7 years ago

    How high was your pulse rate?
    The normal as I'm sure you know is around 60. However this can change very rapidly...it may have been just the fact that your mother insisted on taking your blood pressure. This small distress could have been enough to raise your heart rate. Emotion, imagination, even worrying that you may have a high pulse rate, anything can stimulate your heart.

    I wouldn't worry about it unless you actually feel palpitations frequently (feeling the beating of your heart in your chest).

    In medicine there is even the white-coat effect: when a patient meets the doctor, his heart rate and blood pressure go up.

  5. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image98
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 7 years ago

    Hey stefancando, my pulse was 81 bpm, I don't recall the blood pressure numbers, but it always falls into "perfect" range.  I'm pretty thin, okay, very thin - so actually feeling my heart in my chest. . . is fairly common.  I guess the two cups of coffee that I'd had played into it more than I would have thought - even though my head wasn't exactly cleared up and alert for the day yet.

  6. Jlbowden profile image90
    Jlbowdenposted 7 years ago

    Hi Wesman:

       Yes, a heavy meal will raise your pulse and at times your blood pressure as well. Because your heart has to work harder, to pump blood through the stomach and other areas of the gastrointestinal system as your meal is being digested. Also I want to point out that the home BP machines are not always accurate! the ones in the pharmacy give you more of an accurate reading.  Hope that helps with your question.


  7. edhan profile image60
    edhanposted 7 years ago

    Without doing anything, I am around 65. But when I do exercises then the rate went up to around 80.

  8. smanty profile image67
    smantyposted 7 years ago

    I stay around 58 and 60, but after I eat it definitely rises by about 20. When I exercise, my heart rate is at about 200 at my peak but generally stays at about 120 or 130.

  9. smcopywrite profile image29
    smcopywriteposted 7 years ago

    your pulse is affected by many factors. for example, at the height of my graves disease my resting pulse rate was in the nineties, my body was racing but i didnt have any idea.
    pulse rate can be affected by several things. if you have concerns, please see your physician. dangerously high pulse rates are never good.

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