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What Are The Risks Of Having A Slow Heart Rate
Depends: If the slow heart rate is sinus bradycardia from, say being well conditioned there is little risk of any serious symptoms. If however, the heart rate is slow from a pathological condition one may experience, dizziness, fainting, fatigue, low blood pressure and other related symptoms. ...Read more
Slow heart rate is a symptom in which a person's heart rate (the number of heart contractions per minute) is less than normal for the average person of the same size, doing the same activities. For adults, slow heart rate usually means a rate below 50-60 beats per ...Read more
Generally not: If you feel well, a slow resting heart rate is usually a sign of a healthy, or "conditioned" heart. Athletes commonly have resting heart rates below 60 beats per minute (bradycardia). However, if the rhythm is not normal (sinus), or you don't feel well, bradycardia may be a sign of heart disease. If you don't feel well, check with your doctor, or er and have an electrocardiogram done. Dr. Mike. ...Read more
None if normal for y: Athletes and young people in good shape have a slow heart rate normally. That is perfectly normal. An excessively slow heart rate or one that does not rise with exercise may indicate a conduction or rhythm problem and can cause chronic fatigue, inability to exercise, and other symptoms. If regular and changes with exertion then it should be okay. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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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