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A 59-year-old female asked:

This morning, when i woke up, before i got out of bed i took heart rate, it was 49, is that bad? later in day it was high 60's & low 70's..should i be worried about this..i am 59 and dont really do exercise..first time for this & feel fine otherwise?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Tamler
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 34 years experience
A low resting heart rate can be seen with an "athletic or fit" heart but could also be the result of beta blockers. If you are taking a beta blocker for high blood pressure, then that is the cause. If asymptomatic, it is not a significant concern, but you should discuss with your family doc to be certain.
Dr. Elden Rand
Cardiology 22 years experience
That would not be unusual, and is with normal variation. If you have symptoms with associated slow heart rate, that would need further assessment, likely with a monitor such as a Holter monitor, and lab testing.
Dr. Steven McCornack
Specializes in Anesthesiology
There is a wide variation in ‘normal’ heart rates. If you are asymptomatic and not active you may want to consult a physician for a thorough history, family history, exams and possible labs or testing
Jun 26, 2021
Last updated Jun 30, 2021


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