Elevated heart rate and decreased SpO2

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For the last week my heart rate has been in the 90's which has never happened. Also my SpO2 is 86 which is very abnormal. Usually my pulse is 60-75 and SpO2 is 99. I feel a little short of breath but not bad otherwise. I do have anxiety and major depression also. I don't want to waste money going in to the ER if this is something that can wait. I am overweight but not morbidly. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated very much.

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    Are your ankles swollen as well.

    Are you short of breathe without moving around, although anxiety of course will cause your heart to race, and do you know that when your heart races it does not fill with blood fully before it is pumped  out again, that in itself can make you breathless.

    Imagine pouring liquid out from a bottle it will only pour at a certain rate because of the narrow neck of the bottle, same with your heart, arteries are only a certain size.

    As we get older weight really does become an issue, we must try to stay away from the junk food, and I mean biscuits/cookies, soft drinks, tooo much bread products, in fact anything that is loaded with sugar and or salt.

    How do I know this, my husband has serious heart failure, and nearly died 7 years ago, he has since had a pacemaker installed, about 2 years ago, and that has made a huge difference to his quality of life. 

    This morning has been bottling honey,, we have our own bees, as a hobby to keep him busy, as advised by cardiologist, stay busy and stop dwelling on illness, if you don't do as I say you will last 3 months, I have seen it tooo many times, best advice we could have received, he reckons he has never been so busy, just not at work in tradional sense.

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    Woh woh, saying that someone will last 3 months with someone who has anxiety is not fair.  Your rate right now is not very high, 8 months ago I woke up with a faster heart rate (90-100).  I ended up going to the ER because a few steps would cause my rate to increase (never happened before).  

    After wearing a heart monitor, was diagnosed with vpc/apc's.  8 months later my rate has almost calmed down to normal.  Also my vpc's are much rarer and sometimes I have very few.  Still to this day I can always feel my heart beat which resonates through my chest area.  

    Watch what happens and if it continues, go get a heart monitor plus echo is needed.  Both are non-intrusive and try to relax.  BTW I am skinny and active, so weird issues can happen to anyone.  Let me know if you have any questions.

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      I only repeated what the Dr told my husband, stay busy, and he talked to husband about people with heart failure conditions only lasting three months, after they sent them home, and his reason for them lasting three months, sitting on bum doing nothing because they felt they were too sick to do anything.  Therefore the keep busy.  

      Husband also suffers from anxiety, so not unaware of how it works, the best thing for him is just exactly what I do with him, no dodging the truth, or trying to make things easy, just as it is.

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      Every situation is different even when things may appear as similar.  The heart is a very important muscle and it's important to not be sedentary so it gets a nice workout.  With being healthy and eating well, it's been proven that a lot of conditions can be reversed or minimized.  Wesley, hope everything works out and you feel better.

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