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    Default fast pulse? heart pounding?

    For a few months i've noticed my heart seems to be pounding a lot when i'm at rest, and it's pretty fast all the time. like 95-105 bpm. it used to be like 75-80 when i was totally healthy. anyone else deal with this? I'm pretty anemic, as well as on 30 mg prednisone... i wonder if they're causing it. anyone know?

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    I had this so bad in May that I totally freaked out and went to the hospital. They did everything known to man and suggested that it was likely a drug interaction and that as far as they could tell it was harmless. I'm not the type to take that as a definitive answer so I saw my regular doctor.

    My regular doctor suggested that the pounding and quickening heartrate was actually a reaction to a sudden drop in blood pressure. My pressure would drop, my body would freak out and the pounding and increased heart rate would pull it back into the normal range. For me this was likely caused by my going off the prednisone, though I've come to realize all of the things prednisone does (good and bad) so I wouldn't rule it out for you either.

    My advice, talk to your doctor about it.

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    One possibility could be Pulmonary Hypertension. Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the lungs' blood vessels. It can cause damage to the blood vessels, lower blood oxygen levels, & can cause heart failure. The main symptoms and signs of heart or lung involvement are chest pain (sometimes on deep breathing-in), shortness of breath, cough, and ankle swelling. The commonest manifestations of lupus in the heart and lungs are in the linings of these organs, the pleura and pericardium.Patients with pulmonary hypertension have thickened blood vessels in the lungs, requiring the right ventricle of the heart to work harder to overcome the resistance and pump the blood through these narrow blood vessels. Patients with pulmonary hypertension experience progressive symptoms as the right ventricle becomes more enlarged and loses its power to pump blood through the lungs.

    There are different ranges of symptom severity, and a given patient may not have all of the symptoms. However, as the disease reaches more advanced stages, even minimal activity will produce some of the symptoms. Symptoms of pulmonary hypertension are nonspecific and are also common to symptoms of other medical problems. Thus, a thorough workup by a pulmonary hypertension specialist with additional testing is needed to diagnose pulmonary hypertension.

    Pulmonary hypertension symptoms include:
    Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
    Tiredness (fatigue)
    Fainting spells (syncope)
    Ankle swelling (edema)
    Chest pain (angina)
    Bluish lips or skin (cyanosis)
    Rapid pulse rate
    Heart throbbing (palpitations)

    As I said, this is just a possibility So, Please discuss your symptoms with your doctor to get a diagnosis and so that you can start treatment.

    Peace and Blessings

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