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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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Dr. Kerrie Pinkney
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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 and what cause a slow heart rate in a fetus?

What is and what cause a slow heart rate in a fetus?

Several reasons: Normal fetal heart rates are 120-160bpm & as low as 110 at term. If lower, there are reasons that can be significant so an obstetrician should be able to evaluate these or make a referral to a high risk pregnancy specialist. ...Read more

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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

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What is cause of slow heart rate? What is side effect of slow heart rate?

What is cause of slow heart rate? What is side effect of slow heart rate?

Slow heart rate: Slow heart rate can have a number of causes. Some people who are highly athletic and in peak physical condition have a low heart rate, and other healthy people just tend to have a low resting heart rate. Low heart rate can occur with certain medications and disease states, including hypothyroidism, cardiac diseases, autoimmune and infectious diseases, and central nervous system disorders. ...Read more

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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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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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Help please! what drugs, vitamin supplements or techniques cause slow heart rate?

Help please! what drugs, vitamin supplements or techniques cause slow heart rate?

Beta blockers: Beta blockers are drugs that slow the heart rate and lower the blood pressure. A slow heart rate may also be a sign of good athletic conditioning or an underactive thyroid gland. ...Read more

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Can a thyroid problem cause tenderness in legs, shortness of breath, rapid breathing, rapid and slow heart rate?

Can a thyroid problem cause tenderness in legs, shortness of breath, rapid breathing, rapid and slow heart rate?

Yes to all: Depending on the type of disease, the thyroid controls the metabolism and can cause muscle aches and hypo or hyper can increase or slow down heart beats or irregular heart beats and can affect respiratory pattern in many ways such as drive and hypo can cause hypoventilation. ...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