What causes the heart rate to be slow?

Meds and age. As one gets older, there is a degeneration of the electricity around the heart, this can slow down heart rates, beta blockers like Lopressor or toprol (metoprolol) or Coreg can slow down the heart rate, so can calcium channel blockers. Many heart medications can also slow down the heart rate such as antirhythmics.

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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...

What causes a slow heart rate?

Meds/conduction abnl. Heart rate can be slowed by medications (beta blockers, nondihydropyridine calcium blockers, digoxin), or natural vs acquired abnormalities of conduction (age/thyroid abnormalities/enhanced vagal tone/hypoxemia/sleep apnea/myocardial fibrosis or scarring from infiltrative processes or mi, congenital transmission such as offspring of lupus patients. Eval shd focus on stability of rate/symptoms. 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 more...

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...

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

Only if symptoms. As long as your heart rate is not causing you to be lightheaded our pass out, it shouldn't be a major issue... But i would check with your doctor to be certain there isn't some other problem. Read more...
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...

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...

Does mpv cause a fast or slow heart rate?

What is MPV? I have checked a dictionary for acronyms and cannot find this one. Am pretty sure you don't mean "Muslims for Progressive Values" (one of the ones I found). The only medical term I know for MPV is "mean platelet volume" which is term found on complete blood counts. Please clarify. Read more...

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...