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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is is possible to have an overactive thyroid even though my heart rate is sometimes around 63?, this is resting rate
Thyroid: There is a difference between possibility and probability. With respect to low rate and high thyroid, possible but not probable. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Is it ok to have a resting heart rate of 70-80 bpm?When I go out of bed heart rate is sometimes 100.Blood pressure is normal,no smoking,normal weight.
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NO: Please see a cardiologist and get an EKG and a 24 hour heart monitoring. ...Read more
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