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    rx8daniel is offline In Orientation
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    Question Bradycardia, slow heart rate / pulse, HRM

    Hi all,

    Does anyone here have bradycardia Ė or a pulse / Heart Rate (HR) that is under 50 BPM? Bradycardia is technically a HR < 60. It is not a disease nor is it a bad thing.
    It could point to a problem that can lead to a pacemaker among other things.
    But someone in good shape can easily be less than 60. Another website claims that the lowest recorded HR is 28 by a professional-level cyclist. Hereís where my concern starts. First Ė Iíve had several tests done and all is normal in around and concerning my heart. My day time resting HR is normally 45-50, but can fall under 40. This all led me to get a Heart Rate Monitor (HRM). The model I chose was the Nike Elite Triax because of the computer software it comes with. It allows the owner to load workout data from the watch to a computer. And even better then to graph the data which from Iíve now learned retains a data point every 20 seconds. Iíve worn it overnight 3 times now and downloaded the data. The first night my lowest HR was 32 several times. The other two nights it was about 34.
    Iím just looking for other fit folks that have a resting HR under 50 to compare stats with!
    Thanks,
    Daniel

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    susiemz is offline In Orientation
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    I just did a search for "heart rate" and stumbled upon your post. I too have a low heart rate. After I am up and moving around it is only 47-50 bpm. I am sure it is lower when I am resting. I know it hasn't always been that low and assume it is as low as it is due to running and other cardio training I have done consistantly over the years. Beyond that, I have no idea if having a low heart rate has any effect on working out or anything else for that matter...If anybody has any insight, I would be interested in hearing it....

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    rx8daniel is offline In Orientation
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    if you don't mind - try taking your pulse when you are first waking up -before you get up. I found my lowest point comes within about 20 minutes of falling asleep. and if you *really* don't mind - what is your age and how long have you been doing cardio exercise? thanks for the post!
    btw - my sister, who runs some also, told me she has a slow pulse also. apparently she had a stress test done recently. she said hers is in the 40s.

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    My HR when I first get up is about 42 BPM..I am 28 years old and have been following a consistant cardio workout plan for 10 years. Prior to that I ran cross country for a couple years and was a ballet dancer for 10 years. It's kind of funny when I go to the doctor and the nurse takes my blood pressure, her first question is always...so, are you a runner? Before I started wearing a HR monitor, I didn't really know why she was asking. Now, of course, I realize why she asks.

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    pulse taking

    I get that same look from nurses - and usually 'are you okay??' first - then something about 'do you run' or 'do you exercise'. I have a long German last name and I'm used to the blank stare look as they contemplate trying to pronounce it. It's much like that when they are trying to get a pulse reading. I participated in a program at my prior job where we took BP/pulse/weight once a week, and the PC reported to a nurse on staff (HMO) and it would 'alert' her if #s were out-of-range to their 'norm'. The first week she called nearly hysterical wondering what was wrong , did I feel okay, etc. She soon set my pulse range a lot lower.

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    That's funny...My brother likes to tease and tells me that I am probably not really alive at all, but in some weird state of being. I laugh and then kick his you know what when we run races together.

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    Considering that you have been doing consistent cardio for 10 years then it is perfectly fine to have a heart rate that drops into the 30's. One thing that you must do when/if you stop cardio is to not stop suddenly but gradually decrease cardio sessions. Stopping all training suddenly has been known to cause strokes and heart attacks as the power of the heart is not being utilised.

    Anyway, to get back on topic, if you are overly concerned about your heart rate, then get a medical examination from a doctor or physiologist.

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    I am an exercise physiologist and work in the cardiology dept of my hospital and perform stress tests and VO2 tests. It is perfectly normal to have a resting heart rate below 50, especially if you are an athlete. My resting heart rate is normally 44 and I have no idea what it is when I sleep, although I have been wondering. My question for you is what do you get your heart rate up to when you exercise? Also, if you do not have any symptoms like dizziness or fatigue, then I would not be concerned. You are just in great shape! The lower your resting heart rate= the less work your heart has to do= more beats saved in the long run.

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    Hi - Interested in this discussion. My resting HR is around 35 (not just after waking but sitting down) and my max is around 195. I think it may be unusual to have such a high HR max and low resting rate. I am female, 44 and have exercised all my life - currently very into Spinning! No dizziness/fatigue.

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    Found another forum on this - seems low and high isnt so unusual. Heart rate - really low when resting and really high during hard exercise

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    Q+A: I'm 40. Is a maximum heart rate of 202 safe? - General - Runner's World

    Even better ref above - low resting and high max is fine and actually sounds like good news

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