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is a low heart rate while exercising healthful?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
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.
Answered on Apr 15, 2013

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