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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

Dr. Kerrie Pinkney
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Slow Heart Rate (Definition)

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


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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 are the negative effects of having a slow heart rate?

What are the negative effects of having a slow heart rate?

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

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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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What are the benefits of having a heart rate monitor ?

What are the benefits of having a heart rate monitor ?

Ecg monitor: We generally monitor not only heart rate but heart rhythm. This identifies rhythm disturbances which if present could disorder the state of perfusion of the body and/or threaten the life and well being of the patient. ...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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What are the problems/risks of a fast heart rate for your heart?

What are the problems/risks of a fast heart rate for your heart?

Varies.: High resting heart rates 100+bpm may be a sign of illness and are associated with cardiomyopathy when sustained for very long periods. High exercise induced heart rates 130+bpm may be conditioning and beneficial. Extremely high rates such as seen with some tachycardias 220+ may be suddenly fatal as forward flow fails due to inadequate pump fill. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of a low heart rate during nst?

What are the consequences of a low heart rate during nst?

Fetal distress, C/S.: Abnormally low fetal heart rate during non-stress testing of the pregnancy can lead to fetal distress/hypoxia/acidemia and necessitate urgent or emergent delivery via cesarean section. ...Read more

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What are the chances of death due to a heart palpitation?

What are the chances of death due to a heart palpitation?

Depends: Palpitations are an awareness of the beating of the heart. In some patients, there is no abnormality at all. In others benign premature contractions are found which are also benign. In some, supra ventricular arrhythmias are found which are benign and manageable. However, in some patients more worriesome rhythms are found and require additional work up. Please, see your physician. ...Read more

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What causes spontaneous rapid heart rate and what are the dangers?

What causes spontaneous rapid heart rate and what are the dangers?

A number of things: It many be that your heart rate increases from factors as simple as drinking too much coffee, or simply being tired or anxious. In some people, a conduction variation in the heart will suddenly bump the rate up. If you have shortness of breath, faintness, dizziness, lightheadedness, or chest/jaw/shoulder pain, get to the ER or call 911. ...Read more

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What are the possible causes of a low heart rate during nst?

What are the possible causes of a low heart rate during nst?

Normal or...: I assume you mean the baby's heart rate. Drops can be normal, but can also represent a problem that may require that you be delivered immediately. Direct this question to your obgyn right away! good luck! ...Read more

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What are the benefits of having a heart transplant?

Living comfortably: For patients that receive a heart transplant, they would not have lived long without one. Recipients have end stage cardiac disease that is progressive and shortens survival. ...Read more

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What are the risks of getting a heart transplant?

What are the risks of getting a heart transplant?

Various types: A heart transplant procedure has technical risks, just like any operation. Will the new heart fit? Start working? Will there be bleeding? After the operation, there are risks of infection, problems with the immunosuppressive medications, etc. Don't let these risks overly frighten you. The excellent statistics you are told about include all of these problems taking place, which is not too often. ...Read more

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What are the parts of a hospital heart rate monitor?

What are the parts of a hospital heart rate monitor?

Telemetry: For inpatient ambulatory patients, electrodes are taped to the chest and a transmitter box is attached to the trunk area. The heart rhythm recording is then transmitted wirelessly to a monitor at the nurses station. Bedside monitors don't allow the patient to walk about the ward freely. Other set ups allow the patient's heart rhythm to be recorded in a gadget strapped to the body. Finger styles. ...Read more

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What are the risks of heart conditions like tachycardia during a pregnancy?

What are the risks of heart conditions like tachycardia during a pregnancy?

Depends: Tachycardia has many causes, which dramatically change whether or not there is any worrisome effect on pregnancy. If you are tachycardic and short of breath in pregnancy, you should seek medical advise today. ...Read more

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What are the consequences for decreased heart rate that varies with respiration?

What are the consequences for decreased heart rate that varies with respiration?

Probably nothing: Heart rate varies with respiration normally. It is usually not sensible however. A low heart rate may be a normal occurrence in a conditioned person, however if the low heart rate causes fatigue, dizziness or passing out episodes, it needs to be evaluated. Usually, a treadmill stress test is done to see if the heart rate responds appropriately, if not, the person may need a pacemaker. ...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