Friday, August 21, 2009 doctor, Community Member, asks

Q: Low heart rate

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8/21/09 12:44pm

HI:  you really need to know how low your heart rate is to know if its a problem.  If the heart rate is under 40 beats a minute while awake then this needs to be followed up with your doctor.


Athletes will have slow heart rates normally.


What is you actual rate per minute?


Dr. Kirk Laman

DOT, Community Member
9/ 4/09 2:02am

Sir, thank you for your response. I am speaking about my husband of 43 years. Robert is 65. has had no health problems but high blood pressure that has been controlled for years by  Hyzaar medication. He has recently retired, lost 20 pounds.  we are very happily married and excited to be retired.  He is overweight in his stomach but has a

strong body overall. He feels well and normal but his pulse rate is staying in the 30s, 40s and 50s.  The beats are not regular  and change from  with him sitting still.  After he is very active, his pulse rate is dropping instead of increasing.   After hiking  up hill and back down in about an hour today, it went down to 36.  We have  a doctors appointment but it is a few weeks.  How low is to low for the heart rate? Is there a vitamin or natural med he can take?  Could the taking of Hyzaar so long be the culprit? he is now lower in weitht and without the stress and getting more exercise.   His top BP reading is still goes up to 160 sometimes. Can you please give me your thoughts. It will be much appreciated.   Most sincerely, concerned wife

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