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A 27-year-old female asked:

i'm not an athlete or considered 'fit' but my heart rate whilst sleeping goes as low as 43bpm is this normal?

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Dr. Keshab Paudel
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
May be Normal: Do you take any pills to lower your heart rate? If this causes any symptoms? Fluttering or palpitation? If you don't take any medications or does not cause any problems, may be okay but its good to see a doctor if this persists.
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 33 years experience
Slow heart rate: It is common and normal for heart rate to slow during sleep. Unless there are other things to make you worry about a slow heart rate (such as fatigue or shortness of breath doing exercise, or dizziness or fainting) I would not worry about this.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Be seen: It could be normal, but it would be wise to be checked and probably have an EKG. There are people who just have a slow heart rate, known as bradycardia, but there are also people who have a heart block that may need treatment. An EKG can distinguish between the two.

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A 27-year-old male asked:

I wear a fitbit heart rate thing to bed its showing my heart rate goes as low as 42 while sleeping it worries me bc im not and athlete im 27 weigh 180?

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Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 33 years experience
Slow heart rate: It is common and normal for heart rate to slow during sleep. Unless there are other things to make you worry about a slow heart rate (such as fatigue or shortness of breath doing exercise, or dizziness or fainting) I would not worry about this. If you want specific guidance, consider getting a cardiology consult here on HealthTap.

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