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Why is my heart rate slow?

Why is my heart rate slow?

How slow?: Slow pulse is common in very fit aerobic athletes, people on medications like propranolol, and people with heart block. If your resting pulse is below 50 and you are not in training, a physician's office visit might be in order. ...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


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Why does my heart rate slow down when I relax?

Why does my heart rate slow down when I relax?

Parasympathetic: The hr is influence by sympathetic (adrenergic) and parasympathetic forces. Adrenergic or sympathetic drive (fight or flight) leads to tachycardia and parasympathetic forces leads to bradycardia. When the body relax, there is withdrawal of sympathetic and increase of parasympathetic influence. ...Read more

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Why does my heart rate slow when I stand up after sleeing hard?

Why does my heart rate slow when I stand up after sleeing hard?

Can slow or increase: Standing up quickly causes blood to pool in the legs and causes the blood pressure to drop transiently. How transient depends on how compensated a person is. If dehydrated, elderly, anemic, or diabetic, then the blood pressure can remain depressed and will actually lead to a fast heart rate. The only time that the hr would slow would be if the vagus nerve got activated - vasovagal response. ...Read more

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Why is my heart rate slower when doing land aerobics than it is when I swim laps?

Why is my heart rate slower when doing land aerobics than it is when I swim laps?

Swimming is harder: Swimming more exertion intermittent breathing heart compensates by increasing rate toucan breath any time you want to during aerobics. ...Read more

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I am taking sotalol for my arrythmia. Should I stop if my heart rate is slow?

I am taking sotalol for my arrythmia. Should I stop if my heart rate is slow?

Ask your doctor: If your heart rate is really low and one is symptomatic such as dizziness etc. Or say it is below 50, then one should consider decreasing or stopping but you should always check with your doctor first before doing so. ...Read more

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Why is my apical pulse much stronger and almost beating thru my chest when my heart rate is slow? Because when it speeds up like 80 BPM you don't feel it??

Why is my apical pulse much stronger and almost beating thru my chest when my heart rate is slow? Because when it speeds up like 80 BPM you don't feel it??

Pulse: When your heart is slow there is more time to fill and each stroke may have a larger volume of blood explaining why you're feeling it. With the higher rate, there isn't as much time to fill so each stroke's volume may be lower and not felt as much. ...Read more

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My babys heart rate is slow. I'm in my first trimester. Is there any hope?

Yes: If there's a heartbeat on the ultrasound, there is always a reason for hope. While some pregnancies with a slow heartbeat do end up in miscarriage, I have certainly seen cases where their heart rate pick up on subsequent scanning. Good luck! ...Read more

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What causes the heart rate to be slow?

Many: Many causes -- it could be normal too as long as you feel fine. ...Read more

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How can I make my heart rate slow?

How can I make my heart rate slow?

Aerobic fitness: Elite fitness athletes such as track stars have so much vagal tone to the heart that rates 55/minute are common and even lower isn't unusual. There's no other healthy way to reduce your heart rate, or any reason I can think of to want to do it. There is a great deal of misinformation out there. I'd urge you to find an aerobic-fitness sport you like and spend a lot of time at it. Enjoy yourself. ...Read more

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Is my heart rate fast or slow at 88?

Is my heart rate fast or slow at 88?

Normal range @ rest: 60-99 BPM is a normal heart rate at rest. Aerobically fit people often have lower resting/exercise heart rate, thus better--well conditioned heart pumps better and thus does not have to pump as many times/min. Runners/swimmers/bicyclers/athletes often have nice and slow heart rate. Keep a healthy heart duceduce9. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to slow down heart rate, fast and safe?

How to slow down heart rate, fast and safe?

Cardio training: Physically/aerobically well conditioned folks recover much quicker than non-fit people. If u r well conditioned, your heart won't be that fast to start and being fit, u can recover quicker and thus able to lower heart rate faster--don't stand still after intense work-out. Make sure you do sufficient cool down-walk around in cool/shady areas to avoid fainting etc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I slow my heart rate down after smoking?

How can I slow my heart rate down after smoking?

Let go of nicotine: The problem may disappear if you let go of smoking. Consider attending a meeting of nicotine anonymous. ...Read more

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Is it not good for your heart rate to slow down?

Is it not good for your heart rate to slow down?

Heart rate: Heart rate normally goes up and down depending on the stimuli and metabolic stresses. It is abnormal for the heart to slow down extremely, say below 40bpm. Some people with excellent conditioning have a low resting heart rate less than 60bpm. ...Read more

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How can I slow my heart rate down by just meditation?

How can I slow my heart rate down by just meditation?

Yes: Meditation does the slow the heart rate. It's not a matter of how. If you can successfully lose yourself in meditation, your heart rate (assuming normal rhythm, not a pathological rhythm like atrial fibrillation or svt) will slow. Self-hypnosis, transcendental meditation, yoga, prayer - all will slow the heart as does sleep (every night!). But it only works while you're doing it. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's bad for your heart rate to slow down?

Please advise if it's bad for your heart rate to slow down?

Heart rate: Heart rate is usually not a constant. It goes up and down all the time depending on circumstances. Some people can go too fast or too slow at times. If the heart slows down too much, it can be 'bad'. Slowing down within normal parameters is a normal function. ...Read more

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Why does the heart rate slow down after standing up too fast?

Can slow or increase: Standing up quickly causes blood to pool in the legs and causes the blood pressure to drop transiently. How transient depends on how compensated a person is. If dehydrated, elderly, anemic, or diabetic, then the blood pressure can remain depressed and will actually lead to a fast heart rate. The only time that the hr would slow would be if the vagus nerve got activated - vasovagal response. ...Read more

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Which drugs speed up your heart rate and which ones slow down your heart rate?

Which drugs speed up your heart rate and which ones slow down your heart rate?

Drugs.: Atropine is a drug given intravenously to increase heart rate. There are many oral agents which can lower heart rate, predominately beta blockers (propanolol, atenolol, metoprolol, carvediolol, e.t.c) and non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers (diltiazem, verapamil) ...Read more

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My heart rate is very fast tonight im in pain and want to get my heart rate slow?

My heart rate is very fast tonight im in pain and want to get my heart rate slow?

Meditate: Pain causes adrenergic stimulation leading to a fast heart rate. Method to lesson the pain (pain meds) or increase parasympathetic influence - deep breathing, visualization, meditation will help. ...Read more

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What do you do if your heart rate won't slow significantly during the walking phase?

I am: Assuming you are talking about sprinting and walking alternatively for endurance and to improve heart capacity. Jeep walking until you breath better and your body feel right for the sprinting phase. With time your heart will go lower. Also I am assuming you had a good history and physical before starting your exercise program. ...Read more

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Sometimes my heart rate slows down then weird feeling happens. What does this sound like?

Need a monitor: The heart rate increases and slows normally throughout the day. The "weird feeling" that you get, if associated with excessive heart rate slowing may be related to decreasing blood flow to your brain. If this symptom occurs frequently, a cardiac (holter) monitor, worn for 24 hours could help your doctor define the reason for your symptoms. ...Read more

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12.5 mg of metoperlol making heart rate to slow so stopping the drug, do I need to ween off of this?

12.5 mg of metoperlol making heart rate to slow so stopping the drug, do I need to ween off of this?

Usually not.: Tapering off such a low does of metoprolol is usually not necessary. If you stop the medication and start to have any symptoms then might go to every other day dosing before stopping.

You should talk to your doctor about stopping any medications. ...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?

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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48 yrs old. Max heart rate on slow (65 mins) 5 mile run =230. Average HR =182. Training watch says 0% of run is at appropriate rate for my age. OK?

48 yrs old. Max heart rate on slow (65 mins) 5 mile run =230. Average HR =182. Training watch says 0% of run is at appropriate rate for my age. OK?

How do you feel?: There is no rule that says it can't go that fast, but it's more than expected. It's possible your monitor is "double counting" the beats, which is not uncommon because it misinterprets the electrical impulse of your heart. Do you have a fast heart rate at rest? Do you have palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, passing out or chest pain? If you have those, see your doc to check rhythm. ...Read more

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Is it safe to exercise close to your max heart rate? I'm 26 years old and when I jog my heart rate usually gets up to 175 BPM. Should I slow itdown

Is it safe to exercise close to your max heart rate? I'm 26 years old and when I jog my heart rate usually gets up to 175 BPM. Should I slow itdown

Yes: Yes, if you are an otherwise healthy 26 year-old, exercising to a heart rate of near 200 BPM would be normal. An exercise heart rate of 175 would be healthy. As you exercise more, the heart rate during exercise will decrease. A heart healthy diet and exercise program will help you to exercise at lower heart rates. ...Read more