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Old 06-11-2014, 01:16 PM
 
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Hello people! I recently just started donating plasma, great money. I have encountered a problem though, my pulse rate has been too high to give. It goes like this, they test your pulse with the band on your arm, and it needs to be below 100 to give, if not they have you wait either 5 or 10 minutes in a sitting room and try again.

The first time I went in to donate my pulse was 91 so that's good. Second time, it was 103. I waited 5 minutes and it went down to 89. So I could donate both those times. The week after that (this week) I tried to donate again, but my pulse was 112, I waited for 10 minutes and it went down to 106. I went home pretty bummed I couldn't donate. I tried again the next day (today). For fear of it happening again, I took it easy, ate bananas, drank water, and rested for an hour before giving. I get to the place and my pulse is 111, I wait 10 minutes, and when I try again it is 112. Went home really bummed...

So I'm wondering what I can do to lower my pulse? I'm not sure if the last two times were just psychological and too high because I focused so hard on not having a high pulse, or if it is just how I am. I take medication for ADHD and that is a stimulant, so it may raise my heart rate. But it wasn't a problem the first two times I donated. I am 18 years old, healthy, and I don't smoke.

What do I do?
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:18 PM
 
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Do a search on your meds and look at possible side effects.Might also speak with prescribing doctor and inform him. of high heart rates.
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:48 AM
 
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Do you use illegal drugs?
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Old 06-19-2014, 04:21 PM
 
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I talked with my doc, said it's probably anxiety or the finger prick they do before. He said I should ask them to take the pulse before they prick my finger.

Me drugs? Psh.

Thanks guys!
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Old 05-16-2016, 02:05 PM
 
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I asked them to do my pulse before pricking my finger and they said no. Someone told me to read something. reading naturally slows down your heart rate. I read the awareness poster. Works for me everytime
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Old 05-20-2016, 10:46 PM
 
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Dehydration can cause a higher pulse. Make sure you are drinking enough water. It will make donation go faster too.
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Old Today, 11:11 AM
 
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Take your last dose as early as you can the day before. Make your appointment the next day as late as you can w/o it causing harm before you take your first dose. That should do the trick. Also, don’t drink any caffeinated drinks.
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Old Today, 11:58 AM
 
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Explain the process of Plasma Donation. I know it's a large bore needle (not sure I'd like that) But I don't know anything else about the process



I was thinking about picking up a few bucks if I'm not too old (73)


Also, I just don't like the looks of the people going in and out of the plasma center. Lot's ow what we used to call low lifes
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