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What are the risks of having a slow heart rate?

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

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Slow Heart Rate (Definition)

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


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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 is the risk of having a slow heart rate in a fetus?

What is the risk of having a slow heart rate in a fetus?

Depends: There are many variables involved to answer this question appropriately. A slow heart rate can be normal very early on. Later a very slow rate can signify a heart block in the baby. In labor the rate can be ominous or not depending how slow and the pattern on the tracing. ...Read more

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Can a slow heart rate cause water retention? Just looking for some answers, as I have suffered for years with this problem, and know I do have a slow heart rate, also pac which they say are benign.

Can a slow heart rate cause water retention? Just looking for some answers, as I have suffered for years with this problem, and know I do have a slow heart rate, also pac which they say are benign.

Generally : Generally no, as long as your heart function, specifically both the squeezing (systolic function) and relaxing (diastolic function) are normal. If those have not been evaluated previously then you can discuss getting an echocardiogram (heart ultrasound) with your doctor. There are many things that can cause leg swelling, not just heart issues, including medication side effects and vascular issues in the legs. ...Read more

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My cardiologist is sending me for a echo, having symptoms of pulmonary hypertension, if diagnosed would a slow heart rate and having pacs be connected?

My cardiologist is sending me for a echo, having symptoms of pulmonary hypertension, if diagnosed would a slow heart rate and having pacs be connected?

No: Pulmonary hypertension is elevation of the pressures in the lung circulation. There are both primary (intrinsic lung disease) and secondary causes (valve disease, systemic hypertension). An echo is a good place to start as it will help diagnoses the cause and severity of your issue. A slow heart rate is not typically associated with this. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm hypothyroid with a TSH of 0.01 and T4 in mid range , I have a slow heart rate , i suffer constipation , I do have anxiety am i over medicated?

I'm hypothyroid with a TSH of 0.01 and T4 in mid range , I have a slow heart rate , i  suffer constipation  , I do have anxiety am i over medicated?

Your : Tsh it's to low. Normal levels are between 0.4 -4.0, may vary between labs. Low TSH mean overactive thyroid. If you have anxiety you may be using to much thyroid medication. Consult your physician. ...Read more

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What is the diagnosis for feeling light-headed, dimmed vision, and very slow heart rate?

What is the diagnosis for feeling light-headed, dimmed vision, and very slow heart rate?

See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...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