• Stuart Stuart
    September 16, 2008
    Low pulse rate
    Stuart Stuart
    September 16, 2008

    My pulse rarely exceeds 50 and the cardiac unit does not seem to bothered. I take Aspirin, Bendroflumethiazide and Quinapril for Hypertension, Carbamazepeine and Lamictal for Epilepsy Simvastatin for high cholesterol plus Atenolol.  Could the combination of these be a cause?

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  • Neil MD
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    September 17, 2008
    Neil MD
    Health Pro
    September 17, 2008

    Hello Stuart,

     

    A pulse rate of 50 is somewhat low, especially if you are older.  A normal heart rate is 60-100 beats per minute.

     

    There are many causes of a low heart rate.  In older patients (and by the number of medications you are on, I'm guess you are older), heart disease and a previous history of heart attacks can cause a low heart rate.  Both of these can interfere with the conduction system of the heart which keeps your heart rate regular and at a normal rate.  Also, you are on a beta-blocker (the atenolol), a medication which can lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate.

     

    For your piece of mind, you should discuss your concerns about your low heart rate with your physicians!

     

    To your health,

    Neil MD

    • pama1943
      April 30, 2010
      pama1943
      April 30, 2010

      Hi, I am 67 and my resting pulse rate is 40-42. I have been studying my Blood pressure vs pulse rate and find that the blood pressure drops with increased pulse rate. For example, my BP is  150/90 at pulse rate of 40 and 130/80 at pulse rate of 50. I am taking a BP tablet but I am concerened with my high BP reading when I get up, when my pulse rate is lowest. What do you think ?

       

      Pama1943

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      May 27, 2011
      cchan
      May 27, 2011

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