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Dr. Kerrie Pinkney
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Slow Heart Rate (Overview)

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 the goals of therapy.


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What can cause slow heart rate?

What can cause slow heart rate?

Normal is 60 to 100 : Heart rates slower than 60 beats per minute are considered bradycardias. Some normal people have heart rates slower than 60 like athletes. Some patients take medications called beta blockers (e.g. Lopressor) that cause slow heart rates. If your pulse is less than 50, then you should see your doctor. Slow heart rates may need a pacemaker. ...Read more

Dr. Kerrie Pinkney
328 doctors shared insights

Slow Heart Rate (Overview)

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 the goals of therapy.


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My grandma said that she has a slow heart rate what does it mean in numbers?

My grandma said that she has a slow heart rate what does it mean in numbers?

Bradycardia: The "normal" heart rate during wake is 60-100 beats per minute. This is not the same for sleep. Sinus bradycardia (heart rate less than 60) can be completely normal during sleep. This being said, many medications slow the heart rate on top of this. It is not uncommon when i look at a sleep study that someone can have heart rates in the 30s and be asymptomatic. ...Read more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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I was hospitalized for slow heart rate, what can I do on my own to raise my heart rate?

I was hospitalized for slow heart rate, what can I do on my own to raise my heart rate?

Check meds: If there is truly a problem with an abnormally slow heart rate, then there is little that the patient can do. One of the most common causes of slow heart rate is medications, and your doctors should review any meds (or supplements) to see that this is not the problem. Heart rate slow enough to cause fainting or other major symptoms may require treatment with a pacemaker. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for slow heart rate?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for slow heart rate?

Slow heart rate: There really are no pills commonly use to treat a slow heart rate. Unless the heart rate is less than 50, there is usually no need to treat. People who exercise regularly have slow heart rates and these are healthy. In some cases a slow heart rate is due to some medicine you are already taking and stopping it should help. For heart rates less than 50, the usual treatment is with a pacemaker. ...Read more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily. Alert doctor to any increases.
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Take medications as prescribed
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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What drugs, vitamin supplements cause slow heart rate?

What drugs, vitamin supplements cause slow heart rate?

Beta-blockers: Beta-blockers are drugs that slow down the heart rate. Do not attempt to slow your heart rate on your own other than through regular exercise. Consult a physician if you have a rapid heart rate. ...Read more

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Hospitalized for slow heart rate, what to do to get out tonite?

Hospitalized for slow heart rate, what to do to get out tonite?

Nothing on your part: If you are hospitalized for a low heart rate, let the doctors monitor your heart rate and heart rhythm until they have determined the short term and long term risk to your health, and determine what the best treatment should be before you think of going home. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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What is the risk of having a slow heart rate?

What is the risk of having a slow heart rate?

Low: Slow heart rates that do not cause symptoms such as fainting or low blood pressure usually are not a problem. Trained athletes are noted to often have extremely slow heart rates. ...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