A 40-year-old member asked:
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what does it mean to have a slow heart beat? will you someday need a pacemaker?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
23 years experience Cardiology
See earlier answers: In your age group it is unlikely to be pathological, the most common pathology leading to a slow heart rate in your age group is hypothyroidism, but probably even more commonly, low heart rate is encountered because the person is conditioned. Predicting a future need for pacemaker because a person has a low heart rate when young is not based on any reliable data, unless pathologic to begin with.
Answered on Mar 16, 2017
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Dr. Cynthia Thaik
31 years experience Cardiology
Athletic condition : Slow hr could be due to physical conditioning. Agree that cannot predict future need pacemaker based on resting heart rate.
Answered on Aug 17, 2013
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