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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
330 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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What causes a slow heart rate?

What causes a slow heart rate?

Possibly normal: Well conditioned athletes will have slow heart rates at rest. Other causes could be genetic conditions, medications, and some heart diseases or infections. See your primary physician to get the work up started with a thorough history and physical examination. Call 911 if you have severe dizziness, passing out, chest pain, or weakness. ...Read more

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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

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Is a fast or slow heart rate healthier?

Is a fast or slow heart rate healthier?

Depends: It depends what you are doing. At rest a slow heart can simply reflect good physical fitness. A fast heart at rest may signifysome underlying rhythm abnormality like atrial fibrillation. However, during exercise a slow heart rate may reflect pathologic chronotrpic incompetance while a fast heart rate is a normal, healthy response. ...Read more

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How to tell why I have a slow heart rate?

How to tell why I have a slow heart rate?

Do you?: Most common reason to have slow heart rate is athlete's heart from over-training. But what do you mean by slow heart rate? As it still could be normal at your age to have 40 BPM if you are in good shape. Another caveat is: how do you know the heart rate is taken correctly? Sometimes extra beats will not show at the wrist and the count could be artificially low. If you are worried, discuss with md. ...Read more

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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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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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What are the implications of a slow heart rate?

What are the implications of a slow heart rate?

It depends: A slow heart rate in an asymptomatic athlete maybe completely normal and does not warrant any further evaluation or treatment. In patients who do have symptoms such as lethargy, fatigue or decreased exercise tolerance then it may require further evaluation. The other thing that is important is not what the heart rate is at rest but rather its response to exercise - chronotropic competence. ...Read more

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Do symptoms like slow heart rate go away quickly?

Depends on cause: Slow heart rate is sign or physical finding. It's normal during sleep and periods of tranquility and rest. It often causes no symptoms or, if severe, may cause abnormal fatigue, lightheadedness, or even passing out. Very slow heart rate (under 40 beats a minute) if present during wakefulness may be pathological. Normal hearts increase rate promptly with exercise or stress of any type. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting slow heart rate?

Are some people more prone to getting slow heart rate?

Yes: Less than 60 is abnormal, less than 50 typically causes symptoms. Some medications also slow the heart. A serious athlete will often have a slow heart. I like to get an ekg to see what the rhythm of the heart is. Some slow heart beats are in a rhythm that is unsafe and would get worse with time. Also, the pacemaker part of the heart can be subject to aging and stop working properly. ...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