Someone I know has had a rapid heart beat for two days now. He has a history of moderate high blood pressure. Lately his blood pressure has been normal, but his heart rate for two days straight has been between 96-107, according to an at home blood pressure monitor.
He smokes 1 1/2 packs of cigarrettes a day, drinks approximately 6 beers per day and takes about 30-82 mg of hydrocodone per day. (7.5 mg pills x 4-11 pills per day)
He does not have insurance and does not want to jump the gun going to this hospital, running up a costly debt. From what I have researched online, his heart rate is high, but not emergency high. I would like any input on this anyone could give. What would be a heart rate in definate need of an emergency room visit?
It has already been explained to him that his lifestyle is in need of change, so please no lectures.....just any medical information possible. Thank you.