is a bounding pulse?
bounding pulse is a pulse that feels as though your heart is pounding or
racing. Your pulse will probably feel strong and powerful if you have a
bounding pulse. Your doctor might refer to your bounding pulse as heart
palpitations, which is a term used to describe abnormal fluttering or pounding
of the heart.
How will I know that my pulse is bounding?
a bounding pulse, you may feel that your heart is beating faster than normal.
You may feel your pulse in the arteries of your neck or throat. Sometimes you
can even see the pulse as it moves the skin in a more forceful way.
may also feel like your heart is beating irregularly or that it has missed a
beat, or like there is an occasional extra, more forceful heartbeat.
Do I need to see a doctor for a bounding pulse?
incidences of a bounding pulse come and go within a few seconds and are not a cause
for concern. However, talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you have a
history of heart problems, such as heart disease, and have a bounding pulse.
you experience any of the following symptoms along with your bounding pulse,
get emergency medical care immediately, as these could be signs of a serious
problem, like a heart attack:
- abnormal sweating
- difficulty breathing
- tightness, pressure, or pain in your neck, jaw, arms, chest, or upper
Underlying causes of a bounding pulse
many cases, the cause for a bounding pulse is never found. On the other hand,
when the cause is found, it is usually not severe or life-threatening. But on
occasion, a bounding pulse can point to a serious health problem that requires
common causes of a bounding pulse
of the most common causes for a bounding pulse is being out of shape.
Participating in strenuous activity that your body is not used to can cause
your heart to beat harder and faster than normal.
bounding pulse is also a common response to stress and anxiety. If you are
experiencing extra stress at work or anxiety over a bill, you might feel a
bounding pulse. Drinking caffeine and taking stimulants, such as those in
asthma medication, can cause your pulse to speed up as well.
common causes of a bounding pulse
Less common but more serious conditions could potentially be the cause
of your bounding pulse. An overactive thyroid, which causes a condition called
hyperthyroidism, may cause your bounding pulse. Your thyroid gland controls
your body’s metabolism. If your thyroid gland isn’t working properly, it could
cause your heartbeat to become irregular. An arrhythmia may also be to blame
for your bounding pulse. An arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat. It can
include a heartbeat that is too fast, too slow, or generally irregular. In
children, a bounding pulse can be a presenting symptom of warm septic
Diagnosing and treating your
to keep track of when your bounding pulse occurs and what you are doing when it
happens. Also, be knowledgeable of your family’s medical history. This
information will help your doctor to diagnose any condition that may be causing
doctor will discuss your medical history to see if you have a personal or
family history of heart problems, thyroid disease, or stress and anxiety. Your
doctor will also look for a swollen thyroid gland, which is a sign of
hyperthyroidism. They may perform tests such as a chest X-ray or
electrocardiogram to rule out arrhythmia. An electrocardiogram uses electrical
pulses to trigger your heartbeat. This will help your doctor find
irregularities in the rhythm of your heart.
your bounding pulse is caused by an underlying condition such as arrhythmia or
hyperthyroidism, medical treatment is usually not necessary. However, if being
overweight is causing the problem, your doctor may advise you about ways to
lose weight and live a healthier, more active lifestyle.
you are found to be healthy overall, your doctor may simply recommend ways to
reduce your exposure to triggers of your abnormal heartbeat, such as stress or
too much caffeine.
What can I do to stop my symptoms from returning?
your bounding pulse is caused by a health condition such as hyperthyroidism or
an arrhythmia, be sure to follow the health regimen your doctor recommends.
This includes taking any medications that they have prescribed.
you are overweight and experiencing bounding pulse, try to find healthy ways to
lose weight and get in shape. The Mayo Clinic suggests
some fun, easy ways to work fitness into your schedule, such as:
- taking your dog or the neighbor’s dog for a walk
- using television time to be active by lifting weights, walking on
the treadmill, or riding your exercise bike
- doing chores such as mopping the floor, scrubbing the bathtub,
mowing the lawn with a push mower, raking leaves, and digging in the
- making fitness your family time such as riding bikes together,
playing catch, walking, or running
- starting a lunchtime walking group at work
stress and anxiety seem to be the culprit, take steps to reduce them by doing
- laughing more: watch a comedy or read a funny book
- connecting with friends and family: make plans to meet for dinner
- getting outside: take a walk or ride your bike
- meditating: quiet your mind
- getting more sleep
- keeping a journal
your doctor has determined that you don’t have any serious underlying causes
for your heart palpitations, try not to worry about them too much. Worrying
about your irregular heartbeat only adds additional stress to your life.
your alcohol and caffeine consumption can also help to keep your pulse from
bounding. Some herbs (such as those used in energy drinks), medications, and
even tobacco smoke can act as stimulants and should be avoided. Talk to your
doctor about stimulant medications you may be on (like those used for asthma)
and what your options may be for using an alternative. Do your best to avoid
any potential triggers of your bounding pulse.