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Reasons for a High Heart Rate, Vomiting & Diarrhea

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author image Blake Biddulph
Dr. Blake Biddulph received his chiropractic degree from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas in 2007 and has been practicing as a chiropractic physician in Provo, Utah, ever since. He has a special interest in spinal rehabilitation and treats patients with a variety of neck and back conditions. He has been writing health-related articles and newsletters for several years.
Reasons for a High Heart Rate, Vomiting & Diarrhea
An elevated heart rate can be a serious sign when associated with diarrhea and vomiting. Photo Credit clinical image by JASON WINTER from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Vomiting and diarrhea are very common symptoms that occur together and usually are the result of something minor that goes away on its own within two to three days. An elevated heart rate can also be caused by many different things, such as exercise, medications, anxiety and fear. When an elevated heart rate is combined with vomiting and diarrhea, it can be a sign of something more serious. Any time these symptoms occur together and are not relieved within a few days or continue without progress, a doctor should be consulted.

Appendicitis

The appendix is a small pouch-like structure that is attached to the beginning of the large intestine. This pouch can become blocked with feces and seriously infected. When this occurs, patients may experience symptoms of abdominal pain that begins near the navel and then settles on the lower right side, fever, elevated heart rate, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and chills. According to MedlinePlus, appendicitis is the leading cause of emergency abdominal surgery, which is the most appropriate treatment in most cases. It is important to receive treatment for appendicitis as soon as possible to prevent the appendix from bursting and thus allowing infection to spread into the abdomen. If the appendix bursts, treatment will usually require antibiotics to fight off the infection and then removal of the appendix.

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Alcohol Intoxication

Alcohol is a chemical substance that is found in beer, wine and liquor that, when ingested, is absorbed into the bloodstream and then affects the central nervous system. Alcohol intoxication occurs when an individual consumes enough alcohol that it causes physical changes in the body. These changes can include difficulty with speech, balance, cognition and much more, according to Drugs.com. Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused drugs and can lead to physical dependence. Symptoms of intoxication also include nausea and vomiting, headache, weakness, diarrhea, elevated heart rate and blood pressure, instability and can even progress to a coma.

Acute Renal Failure

Acute renal failure occurs when the kidneys rapidly shut down and quit doing their job. The kidneys are responsible for the removal of waste through urine, balancing electrolytes and producing hormones. When they fail, the buildup of electrolytes and toxins, such as urea and creatinine, can begin to overwhelm the body and can affect virtually every body system, according to Merck.com. In many cases, acute renal failure can be caused by an infection. Symptoms include edema, nausea and vomiting, seizures, confusion, elevated heart rate, diarrhea and coma. As waste products build up they can continue to affect other areas of the body such as the heart and lungs and cause the development of chronic problems in these systems.

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