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Is a low heart rate while exercising healthful?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Depends: Slow heart rate resting is not harmful and may indicate an athletic (healthy) physiology. Hr should increase, at least relatively, with exercise - failure to increase is a sign of conduction system disease (chronotropic incompetence). If associated with progressive loss of exercise capacity, treatment may be indicated. This can all be determined easily on a treadmill stress test.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is a low heart rate while exercising useless in terms of benefit?

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Dr. Cynthia Thaik
Cardiology 31 years experience
Depends: If unable to augment the hr appropriately, this would be not beneficial. However if the hr stays low because the person is highly conditioned, then the slow hr suggest a good condition.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is low heart rate a problem?

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Dr. John Szawaluk
Cardiology 31 years experience
Possibly : If it causes symptoms of lightheadednes, dizziness, fatigue and /or low blood pressure. See your doctor.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

Is a low heart rate normal?

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Dr. Carrie Cannon
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Low heart rate: It depends on how low and how physically fit. Athletes can have heart rates in the 40's and be normal.

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