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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


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What causes sudden change in base line (everyday) heart rate from 70-80 BPM to 120 bpm? Conversely, what causes the baseline hr to suddenly slow down?

What causes sudden change in base line (everyday) heart rate from 70-80 BPM to 120 bpm? Conversely, what causes the baseline hr to suddenly slow down?

Complicated: There are many possible answers. Thyroid disease would be a common reason for an elevated heart rate. Sudden slow down can be caused by increase in pressure in the eyes or stimulation of the vagus nerve. There are a lot of possibilities. ...Read more

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I feel as if I am holding my breath. My heart rate is extremely slow for 5-10 beats then it speeds back up to normal. What causes this?

I feel as if I am holding my breath. My heart rate is extremely slow for 5-10 beats then it speeds back up to normal.  What causes this?

Arrhythmia: Heart rate does gets slower and faster with different phases of respiration called sinus arrhythmia, it is not a pathological problem it does gets pronounced with aging, we can say part of aging changes. I do not know your age, so have yourself checked out to make sure you not having any other pathological forms of arrhythmia. ...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?

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 slow heart rate when first waking up a cause for concern?

Is slow heart rate when first waking up a cause for concern?

Nope: Pretty normal for a person your age, although as the county keeps getting fatter, it's becoming less and less common to see. Keep up an active lifestyle! ...Read more

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Is having a slow heart rate when first waking up in the morning a cause for concern?

Is having a slow heart rate when first waking up in the morning a cause for concern?

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

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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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