My resting heart rate is 90 bpm. I often get tired, and am short of breath. I have had this problem since childhood. I am now 28. My cardiologist has taken tests and everything appears normal, but I’m still suffering. Is there anything I can do?
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A resting heart rate of 90 is concerning in a healthy 28 year old, particularly with the symptoms of shortness of breath.
Your cardiologist has told you that everything is "normal". The most important thing for you to do at this point is to have a frank conversation with your primary care doctor or cardiologist so they can explain the results of the test and what if any actions are appropriate for you.
Increase in resting heart rate can be caused by diet, lack of exercise, over the counter medications, among other things.
Make a list of questions before you go see your doctor, take a loved one in with you to serve as a second set of ears, and hopefully you will be reconcile what the meaning of "normal" tests is.
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