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What are the negative effects, health wise, to having a low heart rate?

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Dr. John Charpie
Pediatrics - Cardiology

In brief: Depends how slow

A low (or slow) resting heart rate may be entirely normal particularly in highly conditioned athletes.
Most people have a slower heart rate when sleeping as well. These slow heart rates likely have no negative health effects. In contrast, there are some individuals who have a dangerously slow heart rate often associated with abnormal heart rhythms (such as 3rd degree heart block) or other diseases.

In brief: Depends how slow

A low (or slow) resting heart rate may be entirely normal particularly in highly conditioned athletes.
Most people have a slower heart rate when sleeping as well. These slow heart rates likely have no negative health effects. In contrast, there are some individuals who have a dangerously slow heart rate often associated with abnormal heart rhythms (such as 3rd degree heart block) or other diseases.
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