Slow heart rate

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This is making me ridiculously anxious... few months back i wass having palpitations where i noticed my hearr rate was fairly slow 58/59 at rest i was worried went doctors had an ecg - nothibg showed ... he then sent me for a 24 hour holter monitor i ecen noticed that not omce that day did my heart rate dip below 60 lol typical..... it all came back normal.....

Tgis past week my resting heart rate has been permanently in the 50s stuck on around 57 and night as lpw as 51 i noticed its freaking me out so much.. my anxiety is through the roof... i know they say athletes have a low resting rate but im not an athlete... i am currently going to a gym class 3 or 3 times a week but it definately doesnt make me an athlete.

Surely the doctors would of picked up something if anything? Right? Anyone else have a slow beat... it freaks me out more at nighy when im trying to sleep i feel it drop which makes me check then i panic its low.. viscious circle and fellow sufferers or advice would be greatly appreciated

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    I was no athlete and mine used to be in the mid 40's all my life. As I later developed AF after a medical procedure and had 3.5 second pauses between beats I was advised to have a pacemaker fitted. Now it is in the 65 -75 range but I really felt much better when it was low. A guy who had a pacemaker fitted the same day had a heart rate of 26 bpm and had felt fine. It was only discovered at the pre op before he was to have a hip replacement.

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    My resting heart rate used to be in the 70s, but it climbed when I developed afib. I am now on meds that keep it in the 50s and I feel fine.

    I have had several halter monitors over the years because before my afib diagnosis I had reported erratic heartbeats and other symptoms.

    However, the afib was caught randomly on a ekg and not on the halter monitor bc back then I never had an afib episode while wearing the monitor!

    Point being you would need to be experiencing the low heart rate while wearing the monitor, and apparently you didn't have it then.

    You could request a longer period of time to wear a monitor in hope of catching it if your doctor agreed. You don't mention what your resting HR was before you noticed the dip or if you are an older person or on any new medications that could cause this side effect.

    Best of luck.

    Kathy

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      To be honest i dont really know what my resting heart rate was before... i just noticed the dip when i started checking it more after palpitations. Once on an ecg the doctor noticed it dropped just under 60 but he done other tests but didnt seem overly concerned... uts more recent that it seems constantly in the 50s.. im 34 the only other health issue i have is som acid reflux which i take lansoprazole for but i cant imagine that being the cause

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      Speak to your doctor as they are definitely connected. Acid reflux implies upset stomach which will stimulate the vagus nreve. This is the nerve which controls your heart rate. Also possible to get a slower beat with this problem.

      Google for the vagus nerve connection and reflux as there is a lot of data on it.

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    Hi Natalie,

    I have always been between 55 - 65 and considered it normal. If it goes upto 70 or over I worry as I can feel it going fast. There is certainly no need to worry with it in the 50s or 60s.

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      Hi Derek,

      I would be pretty frightened if mine was over 75, it would mean my BP was very high and I would be having a bad panic attack. I do not believe we are all identical and what is normal for one person does not fit another.

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      A high heart rate does not mean high BP. My BP is labile and can fluctuate wildly. Yesterday it was 119/79 73. Tomorrow for no reason it could be 230/130. If I take BP meds it drops too much perhaps to 90/60 or even less.. Consultant says that I'm not truly hypertensive just have peaks so medications give me more in the way of side effects. It's been like that for nearly twenty years and as I'm 84 it seems not to have done much harm 😃

      When I have my pacemaker checked they say that at odd times my heart rate has gone to 124 bpm but I'm never aware of it as I'm used to being in permanent AF.

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    So the doctor really isnt concerned as long as there is no missed beats or erratic beats he said there is nothing wrong with slow... he gave me a report of my holtor monitor which stated jts nkt classed as bradycardia unless it is under 50bpm and even tben it has to be below that for more than a minute.. i dont know i will keep an eye on it but for now ill assume its the healthy eating and more exercise i have taken up lol x

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    You have to consult with another doctor which is Good Heart Specialists. They can give you proper suggestion. So change the doctor and take proper treatment and Don't be panic. Just take rest and feel free.

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