Slow Heart Rate?

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All my life I have problems with anxiety and panic attacks, also I have fast heart beats and high blood pressure. 7 days ago I quit smoking after 4 years of active smoking (2 packs a day) and now I can `t believe it all day I have lower heart beats (50-60 bpm), and when I lay down for sleeping my heart beats fall down to 45 bpm. I start to fear that I have AV blocks in my heart conduction system rolleyes 

I fell a little dizziness and breast pain but I think that is from my anxiety, because I felt that earlier. When I workout my heart beat faster, for example just walking is enough to my heart beat 90 bpm, after 10 squats my heart beat 120 bpm etc. Year ago I was at cardiologist because fast heart beating, I do ECG, 24h ECG and ultrasound of my heart and he said that my heart is perfect. How and my blood pressure is fine 120/70. 

Do you have any advice? Do I need to visit my doctor? Or to start smoking again xD 

Thanks for answers and really sorry for bad English smile

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    Hi Samir. PLEASE do not start smoking again. That would be a very bad move.

    I have never smoked, but it sounds like your body is adjusting to going without the cigarettes. This may take some time. I suggest you speak to your doctor and get their support. Things are probably fine, but it would be good to have them on board.

    Good luck.

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    I thought that having a lower heartbeat was good as long as it's not too low ie 40. I would have thought that when you do exercise your bpm will get high quickly because your lungs are not working as well due to smoking, therefore your heart has to work harder to get the oxygen....think you should follow Luvheart's advice and see your doctor, I'm sure he/she will be pleased with your efforts to give up smoking.
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    Congratulations on quitting you just added life to your years and years to your life! Rest assured the resting heart rate you stated is normal for fit adults. You also noted that it increases when you work out or preform physical activity this is a good sign. If you had a heart block it is unlikely that your rate would respond so well. The best question to ask is how long does it take for your rate to return to a normal range after working out. If the answer is 2 to 5 mins then I would not worry. Good job with stopping smoking. I know your heart and lungs thank you!
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      Ok I do that test, I do couple of exercises and my heat rate goes to 150 bpm, I sit down and wait, after 1 minute my heat rate was 95, after two minutes my heart rate was 70 and after 4 minutes they came on 65 and that is normal for me in last days (just in afternon my heart rate falls down to 50-55).

      But when I have lower heart rate, for example I do 5-10 push ups and my heart rate goes to 120, for just one minute my heart rate fall down to normal (below 70).

      Also I find that when my heart slows down I can hear pauses when I take deep breath in, it stops for a second, then continue to beat normal and again when I breath in they make stop and then continue but each time slower and slower until they come to normal range.  

      Thank you all for replies it means a lot for me smile

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      The fluctuations you describe during and after exercise all sounds normal. There are many things that will cause variations in resting and working out heart rate. Things like time of day, your level of hydration and intake of stimulants such as caffeine can all cause different heart rates. If you are worried it might be a good idea to keep a log book of your heart rate and record the rate; before, during, 1 min after, and 5 min after. A record would allow you to note patterns related to times of day or intake of certain foods and drinks.

      You noted that your pulse slows down or even pauses when you hold your breath in. This is a normal response of your body’s nervous system. There is even a name for it called a “vagal maneuver.” The body is designed to slow down the heart rate when the vagus nerve is stimulated. This is completely normal but can cause problem for some people if they over stimulate the nerve. Continued stimulation and low heart rate can result in low blood pressure and may cause a person to temporally passing out. This most often happens to old people when they are straining to use the toilet. Holding your breath, rapidly blowing out air like birthday candles, and squeezing out poop can all stimulate this nerve and result in a low heart rate. After you start breathing normally the heart rate will return back to normal and the blood pressure will come back up.

      I would not recommend holding your breath to cause your heart to slow down. It is a normal body reflex but it does reduce the blood getting to your head and may make you light headed or even cause you to pass-out. This is not what you want after a workout. Breath normally and evenly as you recover from a work out.

      A word of warning however; if you are having pauses in you heart rate when breathing normally than there may be a problem. Typically pauses less than 3 seconds are not of grave concern. However anything lasting longer than 3 seconds would be cause for concern. Heart rate pauses less than 3 seconds are usually benign and called sinus pauses where as pauses greater than 3 seconds are called sinus arrests and indicate dysfunction in the conduction system of the heart. Keep In mind sinus pause or sinus arrest is only applicable when you are breathing normally.

      Like the other people on here stated if you are concerned than see your doctor. It might help the doctor if you have a logbook and he/she may order a 24-hour ECG (halter) or a stress test. I don't think there is any cause for concern but I know it how stressful it is to worry. If you are worried it’s always better to see a doctor; make sure you come armed knowledge and records. Good Luck dear.

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      First thank you for your asnwer smile

      I do ECG 24h last year, and doctor say that` my heart is perfect, that pauses don`t last 3 seconds, much less, I aksed my doctor about that she said that it` called synus arrythmia and that is normal for young people, but I can feel it after exercise when my heart beates harder smile

      My heart rate is now much better, it`s all day about 60-70, just in afternon when I feel sleepy it is around 55 smile

      I eat a lot of frutis, trying to be active, lees seeting more walking, jumping, running and I can say that I feel great after quit smoking, I have a lot of energy, my hands are not cold anymore, I don` feel palptations like before and I will recommend to everyone to throw cigarettes smile

      Thank you again smile

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    Hello everyone! I have been a regular smoker for the past 2.5 years, and I had a mild panic/anxiety attack last week. The doctors said it was due to stress and I felt like it was a mild heart attack, and it actually felt as if I was going to die that night.

    Ever since the attack, I've gone cold turkey (it's hard to smoke when you know that it was the reason for the attack, and when you experience death so closely) My heart rate has dropped down upto a great extent.

    My average would be in 55-60s and at night, while sleeping, it reduces below 55. It must be way too low when I must be asleep, easy to guess. At times I've woke up in the middle of the night or early hours of the day, like 4/5 am, and felt as if my heart rate is almost 40ish. (The rest rates were properly measured, not this one)

    I know I am facing withdrawal symptoms in general, and I prepare myself to not smoke the next cigarette which I see. And I've been clean since a week now.

    Should I be worried about the heart rate? I am planning to go visit my doctor in 2 days, and get an ECG and a 2D scan done for my heart. Are these slow rates Normal?

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