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Saturday, February 21, 2009 Terri, Community Member, asks

Q: Should I be concerned about my slow heart rate?

I am a 47 year old white female.  I am not overweight nor have I ever smoked.  I have always exercised on a fairly regular basis.  Last year I started running regularly (1.5 to 3 miles) 2 to 3 times per week but it is very hard and I really have to push myself.  I am taking 50 mg of cozaar 2x per day for high blood pressure.  My heart rate is usually around 51 bpm but often it is in the mid to upper 40's even while doing household chores.   I often have episodes of strong dizziness and have a feeling like an ache in my chest.  The dizziness is not a spinning sensation but more lightheaded like I should sit down.  My vision is not blurry but is different.  Sometimes I will have nausea as well.  Also, I sometimes feel like I can feel my heart beating and recently I have experienced a feeling like my heart (I guess it is my heart) is jumping or kicking.  Also, sometimes I will wake up in the middle of the night and my hands will be on my stomac and feel tingly like they are asleep.  My cardiologist does not seem concerned about my heart rate.  I have had numerous tests that have come back normal.  My stress test (November 2007) was not normal but my doctor said it was not uncommon in women.  Does this sound right?  Should I be concerned about my heart rate?  Could my slow heart rate be causing my hypertension?  (Hypertension, heart disease, stroke and diabetes are prominent in my family.)T

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
2/22/09 12:35pm

Hi Terri,

 

A normal heart rate is typically between 60-100 beats per minute for adults, so you are on the low side.  However, whether you're MD is concerned about your low heart beat or not, you're symptoms need to be addressed. 

 

Generally when heart rate increases, blood pressure increases and when heart rate decreases your blood pressure decreases.

 

The symptoms you're experiencing may also be associated with a low blood pressure.  With your improved activity levels, maybe your blood pressure has improved and it's time to adjust your medication levels.  Instead of focusing on your heart rate with your cardiologist, discuss your symptoms of dizziness, nausea, lightheadedness, heart actions, and vision changes.  If your cardiologist is not proactive or interested in researching for a solution, consider getting a second opinion.

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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Becky Delong, Community Member
8/16/10 6:45pm

Did you ever hear back from this lady? I ask because her symptoms are exactly like my own which started about a month ago. I am very worried.

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8/16/10 10:00pm

Hi Becky,

 

No, I did not hear back from this individual. I think you are able to send them a direct email message. Try seeing if their name is clickable and provides a link to send them a message. You could contact her to find out how her situation has developed.

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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laurrie, Community Member
2/ 2/12 10:10pm

this sounds very much like my husband, he had a stroke caused by his blood sugar dropping out to 29, this last year, he started having problems with having chest pains, sweating, dizzyness, and his blood pressure going up, they did a stress test, it came back normal, but his heart rate stays the same rate but his blood pressure goes up? and the chest pains come on and the sweating

 

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garrett, Community Member
2/ 2/12 10:13pm

this sounds very much like my husband, he had a stroke caused by his blood sugar dropping out to 29, this last year, he started having problems with having chest pains, sweating, dizzyness, and his blood pressure going up, they did a stress test, it came back normal, but his heart rate stays the same rate but his blood pressure goes up? and the chest pains come on and the sweating

 

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By Terri, Community Member— Last Modified: 02/02/12, First Published: 02/21/09