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Newborn Low Heart Rate
My five day old newborn had her first checkup, doctor said she has a low heart rate at 90bpm. Me and wife are freaking out! Is this dangerous?
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
Maybe not: If heart rate is already less than 60, and a beta blocker (pindolol) is to be added, then heart rate willbe further lowered, possibly enough to case side effects or decrease cardiac output. If the patient has already been fully evaluated, a cardiologist may still add a low-dose beta blocker in some cases, in order to reduce the oxygen demand of the heart muscle. Read more
Less than 60: Less than 60 beats per minute is considered slow. Beta-blockers decrease heart rate and blunt the stress response. If you are having excessively slow heart rates while taking beta-blockers you should talk with your doctor about lowering the dose or a different medication. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pacemaker: The pacemaker is likely programmed to stimulate your heart if your intrinsic rate falls below a programmed rate like 60 or 70 beats a minute. If your heart is going 90 on its own, the pacer is just monitoring to see how fast the heart is going and will 'kick in' if your heart slows to under the programmed rate. Read more
How do you know if: There is a lower hr in that person? . Two ways, by pulse or by ECG monitor. If there is no pulse anywhere and the person have electrical activity by ECG and there is unresponsiveness, you are in pulseless electrical activity (pea). And CPR need to be started. Read more
Cardiologist: If 45 BPM is not your usual heart rate and you're now having chest pains, the main activity you need to do right now is go to an er for emergency evaluation. If this is a chronic state for you, you need to ask your cardiologist about your exercise tolerance. This can be assessed, and depending on your clinical status some form of cardiac rehabilitation may help you. Good luck. Read more
I have a low heart rate but I'm overweight? A low heart rate is better than a high heart rate right?
Can a spinal tap cause low heart rate? If not what could cause low heart rate? What am I @ risk of due to having low heart rate? How to gain normalhr
Depends: Slow heart rate resting is not harmful and may indicate an athletic (healthy) physiology. Hr should increase, at least relatively, with exercise - failure to increase is a sign of conduction system disease (chronotropic incompetence). If associated with progressive loss of exercise capacity, treatment may be indicated. This can all be determined easily on a treadmill stress test. Read more
Not per se: A low heart rate is not in itself dangerous. Many well conditioned athletes have low resting heart rates with excellent cardiac health. A low heart rate that associated with cardiac disease may be an entirely different story. Resting heart rates less than 30 or low rates associated with symptoms always need investigation. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer