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My doctor said I have a slow steady heart rate. Is that good or bad?

My doctor said I have a slow steady heart rate. Is that good or bad?

: A slow steady heart rate is normal and may be seen in people with good cardiovascular conditioning.It can also be the result of certain medications like beta blockers used to treat high blood pressure or heart disease. ...Read more

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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


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Doctor said I have a "slow, steady, fetal heart rate". What does that mean?

Doctor said I have a "slow, steady, fetal heart rate". What does that mean?

Not sure: Fetal heart rates are generally not slow ....Please consult with your OB for further clarification. ...Read more

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What can a doctor's exam tell me about my slow heart rate?

Bradycardia: A doctor's exam can tell you lots of things about your slow heart rate. People can have heart rate normally if they do regular exercises, if they are on certain medications that can cause slow heart rate.Also if they have sinus node dysfunction , as well as if they have complete heart block. Most importantly if they have vagus stimulation for any reason. ...Read more

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How long can I wait with slow heart rate to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with slow heart rate to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Symptoms: If you feel fine, you can wait forever. The primary indication for a pacemaker is symptoms. Important symptoms include passing out or nearly passing out. Dizziness and fatigue may be due to something else but slow heart rate should be considered carefully. People usually feel fine with heart rates of >50. Persistent heart <50 while awake should be evaluated. <40 needs a checkup now. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned? Daughter had surgery on 2-27. She had been acting weird last two days. Sleeping a lot, bad cough, not wanting to eat, and i think her heart rate seems a little abnormal. She went to the doctor yesterday and they said she was just ir

Should i be concerned? Daughter had surgery on 2-27. She had been acting weird last two days. Sleeping a lot, bad cough, not wanting to eat, and i think her heart rate seems a little abnormal. She went to the doctor yesterday and they said she was just ir

The : The symptoms you are describing for your daughter are not specific and easily could be the result of simply having a surgical procedure and/or the pain medications patients will frequently be taking immediately after surgery. On the other hand the symptoms you are describing could be early symptoms of a pneumonia or other post operative complication (although this seems unlikely based on the information provided). The easiest way to distinguish is that if it is the result of the surgery or pain meds than everyday your daughter should get better (maybe only a little, but everyday will be better than the last). If a complication is developing then each day will be worse (either a little or a lot) than the last. Specific symptoms of pneumonia would be a fever above 101, a "productive" cough (meaning phlegm that is either greenish or yellowish) or shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Heart feels like it's pounding. EKG, blood, stress test are normal. Felt it in ER but heart rate was 88. Doc said heart rhythm was steady. What is it?

Heart feels like it's pounding. EKG, blood, stress test are normal. Felt it in ER but heart rate was 88. Doc said heart rhythm was steady. What is it?

Heart rate : From what you provide it appears to be sinus rhythm which is normal. If the EKG was normal then nothing to worry about for now. Could be anxiety. If it continues you may need to wear an event recorder to see if something is being missed during your visit. ...Read more

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Heart feels like it's pounding. EKG, blood, stress test are normal. Felt it in ER but heart rate was 88. Doc said heart rhythm was steady. What is it?

Heart feels like it's pounding. EKG, blood, stress test are normal. Felt it in ER but heart rate was 88. Doc said heart rhythm was steady. What is it?

Has a name: B"sd Some individuals have a sensation of heart pounding and actually have a normal pulse (and blood pressure) .. This situation can be difficult to assess, since the patient is certain that something must be wrong, but the objective data shows normal function. This situation has been dubbed "enhanced cardiac awareness." ... the episodes tend to improve and eventually abate. beta blocker may help ...Read more

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I just started taking atenolol 12.5mg. BP and heart rate good. Feeling lightheaded all day. Doctor says these side effects are ok and temporary?

I just started taking atenolol 12.5mg. BP and heart rate good. Feeling lightheaded all day. Doctor says these side effects are ok and temporary?

Side effects: These symptoms are quite common with Atenolol. There is typically an "acclimation" phase for 1-2 weeks as your body adjusts to the medication. If the symptoms persist and are not tolerable, you may need to stop the medicine. ...Read more