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Low Heart Rate: Should You Be Worried?

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Most of the time, a lower heart rate is a wonderful thing. It shows that your heart is pumping blood efficiently and is a sign of good health. Many athletes have low pulse rates because of the tremendous shape they are in, but when should you worry if your heart rate is too low? Read on to find out.

Heart Rate 101…

Doctors consider a “normal” heart rate to be anywhere between 60-100 beats per minute. They make this determination when you are not doing any type of activity that would cause your pulse to increase. We call it your “resting heart rate.” We would consider an elevated heart rate of anything over 100 beats per minute while at rest. Bio-individuality always needs to be considered, so don’t go into panic-mode if you feel great and your pulse is lower than 60.

How low is too low?

One of Natural Heart Doctor’s heart health philosophies is that we have only been “given” a certain number of heartbeats in a lifetime, therefore the fewer beats we use, the better. What we recommend focusing on is how you feel and if you have any symptoms that are affecting your life, not necessarily if you fall into the “correct range.”

Symptoms to look into:

  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath with activity
  • Lack of skin coloring (pale) or a blue tint (called cyanosis)
  • Fainting

Causes of low heart rate

If the symptoms listed above are affecting your life, we need to address the root cause.

Common causes include:

  • Thyroid dysfunction – Thyroxine is a hormone which stimulates one of the electrical components in your heart. If you have low thyroid function, this could interrupt the electrical communication in your heart.
  • Pharmaceuticals like beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, and other cardiac drugs can lower your heart rate.
  • Electrolyte imbalances of potassium, magnesium and calcium can lead to slow heart rate.

Once we have ruled out the above culprits, we may need to dig a little more to find the root cause. Something is interfering with the ability of the heart to meet the demands of the body and we need to find out why in order to fix it.

Hidden causes

Many conventional doctors will not take the time to pursue the origin of the cause. They will guess, prescribe medication hoping to lessen symptoms, then prescribe something different when your symptoms return or if you have a negative reaction to their drugs. Things we will look into are:

Testing Options

Traditional testing may include an ECG or heart rate monitor. We offer a Zio Patch which you can use from the comfort of your home. We’ll ship it to you, provide instructions on placement and monitoring for 2 weeks, then you drop it in a prepaid envelope and send it back to us.

Lifestyle Solutions

Remember, sometimes the best defense is going on offense. Reduce/eliminate health dysfunctions with:

Always contact your doctor before making any health changes and if you have questions. You can always communicate with one of our health coaches. The first call is FREE and they will guide and support you in regaining your health.

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