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What Is Considered A Slow Heart Rate
Check meds: If there is truly a problem with an abnormally slow heart rate, then there is little that the patient can do. One of the most common causes of slow heart rate is medications, and your doctors should review any meds (or supplements) to see that this is not the problem. Heart rate slow enough to cause fainting or other major symptoms may require treatment with a pacemaker. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
Depends: It depends what you are doing. At rest a slow heart can simply reflect good physical fitness. A fast heart at rest may signifysome underlying rhythm abnormality like atrial fibrillation. However, during exercise a slow heart rate may reflect pathologic chronotrpic incompetance while a fast heart rate is a normal, healthy response. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get an ECG /monitor: A normal heart rate is typically in the range of 60-100 at rest. That said, many normal people can have deviations fom that. A pathological heart rate/rhythm is best determined by an ecg/cardiac monitor. Also-whether symptoms exist (like fainting or near-fainting particularly when you are trying to do something), your history (congenital heart problems, murmur/bp issues/mom w lupus)-cause block. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, mostly: As the body needs more oxygen delivery, the heart rate increases. Exercise and overall good health make the body more efficient in use of that oxygen and thus less need for pumping fast. Of course slow heart rate can also occur with medications and other conduction system problems. A heart rate is "too slow" when symptoms occur. Consult your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nothing on your part: If you are hospitalized for a low heart rate, let the doctors monitor your heart rate and heart rhythm until they have determined the short term and long term risk to your health, and determine what the best treatment should be before you think of going home. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Less than 60 is abnormal, less than 50 typically causes symptoms. Some medications also slow the heart. A serious athlete will often have a slow heart. I like to get an ekg to see what the rhythm of the heart is. Some slow heart beats are in a rhythm that is unsafe and would get worse with time. Also, the pacemaker part of the heart can be subject to aging and stop working properly. ...Read more
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