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Is it healthy to have a very slow heart rate?

Is it healthy to have a very slow heart rate?

Yes, mostly: As the body needs more oxygen delivery, the heart rate increases. Exercise and overall good health make the body more efficient in use of that oxygen and thus less need for pumping fast. Of course slow heart rate can also occur with medications and other conduction system problems. A heart rate is "too slow" when symptoms occur. Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Kerrie Pinkney
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Slow Heart Rate (Definition)

Slow heart rate, also called bradycardia, is defined as a resting heart rate (pulse) less than 60 beats per minute. Having a heart rate less than 60 is not necessarily abnormal. In fact, people in good cardiovascular shape have a low heart rate. People with certain heart conditions may take medications which lower the heart rate as one of ...Read more


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Why is it that athletes have a slower heart rate compared to a 'normal' person? With that being said, it is better to have a slower heart rate?

Why is it that athletes have a slower heart rate compared to a 'normal' person? With that being said, it is better to have a slower heart rate?

Depends: Athletes have a more efficient cardiovascular system (higher volume of blood circulating with each heart beat, better oxygen extraction by muscles) and so do not need a faster heart rate to meet the needs of the body. If one's heart rate is slower due to exercise, that is beneficial. However, if one has a slower heart rate due to disease, that is unhealthy. ...Read more

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Can a very low calorie diet make your heart rate slow (57bpm) and is it a problem?

Can a very low calorie diet make your heart rate slow (57bpm) and is it a problem?

Perhaps...: Bradycardia is a typical feature of individuals suffering from chronic anorexia nervosa. This is an early sign that muscle tissue in the body is being consumed for energy purposes. Your nutritional status should be reviewed by a knowledgeable physician to determine what your risk might be. ...Read more

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Is a fast and slow heart rate possible in a healthy baby?

Is a fast and slow heart rate possible in a healthy baby?

Heart rate: Slow and fast heart rates can be seen a healthy baby. Whether the heartrate is abnormally fast or slow it is best to ask your doctor ...Read more

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Is it bad to have a fast heart rate if you are a runner?

Is it bad to have a fast heart rate if you are a runner?

The opposite is true: It is bad not to have a fast heart rate if you're a runner. ...Read more

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I have a very high heart rate while exercising and a very low heart rate while resting. Is this normal or do I need to see a doctor?

I have a very high heart rate while exercising and a very low heart rate while resting. Is this normal or do I need to see a doctor?

Physical fitness?: Well conditioned athletes often have low heart rates at rest (sometimes 40 - 50 bpm). Your maximum heart rate should be 220 - age (i.e. ~171 bpm for a 49 y/o). If your heart rate rises above this, abruptly rises to this rate, or you have dizziness, short breath, or chest pain, see a cardiologist to make sure you're not experiencing an arrhythmia. Otherwise, this range is normal for athletes ...Read more

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Is it bad to have a slow heart beat if you are fit?

Is it bad to have a slow heart beat if you are fit?

No: It's an indication of how good your health is. There's very few cases in people in excellent shape were a diseased heart electrical system is the cause. ...Read more

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Is a heart rate always high if your heart is pounding or can it happen when it's low to normal too?

Is a heart rate always high if your heart is pounding or can it happen when it's low to normal too?

Yes it can: Heavy pounding of the heart relates more to the force of contraction which is governed by the amount od catecholamines (adrenalin) as well as the volume of blood put out with contraction.. Often times this will lead to a faster heart rate but it doesn't have to. An example would be aortic regurgitation wherein the heart is heavily loaded (preload), from backward filling across aortic valve. ...Read more

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Is it not good for your heart rate to slow down?

Is it not good for your heart rate to slow down?

Heart rate: Heart rate normally goes up and down depending on the stimuli and metabolic stresses. It is abnormal for the heart to slow down extremely, say below 40bpm. Some people with excellent conditioning have a low resting heart rate less than 60bpm. ...Read more

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Is it ever bad to have a resting heart rate of 50?

Is it ever bad to have a resting heart rate of 50?

Not necessarily: if you're not on medications, normal resting heart resting heart rate is around 60 - 100 beats per minute. However, some people who physically fit/in shape, athletes, or those who are involved in a lot of physical activity can have heart rate less than 60. It becomes a concern if you get symptomatic from it; which includes, feeling fatigue, dizzy/lightheaded, passing out, weakness, etc., see a DR ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a very fast heartrate when pregnant?

Is it normal to have a very fast heartrate when pregnant?

Somewhat: Pregnancy increases blood volume to its maximum in the early third trimester around 28 weeks. This leads to faster baseline heart rate. It depends on what you mean by "very fast". If heart rate is sustained over 100 or so, there may be other problems that need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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How long is it ok for a resting heart rate to be at 115?

How long is it ok for a resting heart rate to be at 115?

Resting Heart Rate: A resting heart rate of 115 is considered abnormal. Concern is what is causing it. Would not let it go, have it checked, especially if any sob, chest pain, anxiety, nausea, etc. ...Read more

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They said I have a slow steady heart rate. Is that good and what does it mean?

They said I have a slow steady heart rate. Is that good and what does it mean?

Yes, good: & that's all it says. Steady = regular, which is better than irregular, which can be an heart rhythm problem. Slow (if not too slow) is better than a fast resting heart rate, which can indicate poor cardiovascular fitness / health in general. Sometimes good is just "good.". ...Read more

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Is it normal to have fast and stronge heart pulse during pregnancy?

Is it normal to have fast and stronge heart pulse during pregnancy?

Not unusual: The blood volume increases gradually through the middle of pregnancy. The cardiac output also tends to go up. This can lead to the sense of more forceful heart beats. ...Read more

Heart Rate (Definition)

Heart rate is a measurement of the number of times a person's heart beats in one minute. Normal heart rates vary with a person's age and with excitement and exercise. Abnormal heart rates are too slow, too fast, and/or irregular (too much ...Read more