Low heart rate is a condition where the heart beats very slowly. In low heart rate, the heartbeats per minute will be less than 60 beats. The other name for this condition is bradycardia. Congenital disorders, certain medications, thyroid disorders, etc., are the causes of low heart rate.
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Should I be concerned about my low heart rates and anxiety regarding this issue?
Query: Hello doctor, My heart rate appears to be around 50 to 65 beats per minute when I am about to fall asleep or doze off. Is it normal? I am not very active. I do not have any heart conditions, and I am not on any medications. I am also not overweight. My anxiety has worsened because of this condition.... Read Full »
Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. Do you have any symptoms such as palpitation or syncope? As long as you do not have any symptoms, do not worry. Some people just live normally with low heart rates without any problems. Slow heart rate could be of two main types, sinus br... Read Full »
Should I be concerned about the consistently low heartbeat levels during the sixth-week pregnancy ultrasound?
Query: Hello doctor, I had an ultrasound today for my six-week pregnancy. According to doctors, the heartbeat is 95 beats per minute and is consistently low. Is this a cause for concern? Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Six weeks of pregnancy is too early to count pulse or heart rate. At this gestation viability scan is advised to check whether the fetus is viable and growing well as pregnancy progresses. Then in the third-trimes... Read Full »
My heart rate is 38 bpm after taking Pravastatin for high cholesterol. Should I be concerned?
Query: Hello doctor, I got blood work to figure out as I was hearing loud belly noises. My heart rate was normal and the doctor asked me to return to blood work in two days. After two days my blood work and my heart rate were normal. On the third visit, the heart rate was normal. The doctor said my choles... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Pravastatin is a statin group of medicine that is usually given to correct the elevated cholesterol levels in your body. The most common side effect is myalgia (muscle fatigue), but in no way it can cause extreme bradycardia (heart rate 38 bpm). You should consult a ... Read Full »
My friend suffers with low heart rate after head injury. Why?
Query: Hi doctor, This query is with regard to one of my friends. He got an accident five months back. He was hospitalized in ICU. Blood came from his ear and so had a CT scan done. An ENT doctor said that his ear is fine and no hearing problem. Later he was shifted to his native. He was in ICU there. Hi... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. Probably your friend has got head injury that is causing the brain edema which is causing the low heart rate known as bradycardia. He should get a repeat CT done. We usually give saline, antibiotics and Mannitol to reduce the swelling that is... Read Full »
Is it possible that anxiety causes episodes of bradycardia?
Query: Hello Doctor, Is it possible that anxiety causes episodes of bradycardia? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com The answer is definitely NO which means anxiety in pure form does not cause bradycardia since anxiety is associated with increased adrenergic activity. But bradycardia can be found in a person with anxiety disorder because of other factors: If you are taking beta-blocke... Read Full »
I have had recurrent panic attacks, sleep apnea, and sore throat, but I feel that my heart rate becomes slow after I wake up. Is this normal?
Query: Hello doctor, I had panic attacks for the last ten years, which reoccurred a few years ago. I had episodes of tachycardia during these time frames, and I have some apnea symptoms like occasional sleep paralysis, tiredness, and a sore throat. All this leads to a high BMI and poor sleep elevation, but... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You are totally fine. If your heartbeat is as low as you complained, you will not hear the beat instead. But anxiety most times makes us think it is beating abnormally. I suggest you to keep a healthy diet and exercise regularly. You will do ... Read Full »
My 13-year-old child's resting heart rate is around 50 beats per minute. Why so?
Query: Hello doctor, I am around 13 years old, and my resting heart rate has been reduced to 50 beats per minute in the smartwatch, which makes me concerned. Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Resting heart rate between 50 to 100 beats per minute is still alright based on your age, especially if you are athletic. These electronic devices use light-sensitive photodiodes to detect changes in the capillaries to estimate heart rate, an... Read Full »
I am a 19-year-old, and my heart rate falls to 50 bpm while resting. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, I had a biopsy done on my tongue because I had a smooth recurring patch that would heal and return. The report came back with squamous mucosa with hyperplasia and acute inflammation, whereas the bacterial colonies were negative for carcinoma. The doctor says it is because I chew my to... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Change your food habit with many veggies, fruits, and meat products. Avoid snack items, spicy foods, tobacco, and cold drinks. Do warm salt water gargle twice a day. Take a multivitamin tablet or vitamin B complex once daily for about 15 days. Consult your specialist... Read Full »
I have a low heart rate of 55 to 60 beats per minute. Can it cause cardiac arrest?
Query: Hello doctor,A friend of mine passed away because of cardiac arrest. He was a footballer. All of his tests were normal. And apparently, cardiac arrest was due to a slow heart rate while he was asleep. Now I am worried as my heart rate is also low, which is 55 to 60 beats per minute. Are there chance... Read Full »
Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Sudden cardiac arrest in the sportive young population is a great concern, and many studies have looked into the causes. The most common causes are septal enlargement and heartbeats abnormalities. Kindly share yo... Read Full »
I have a low resting heart rate. Is it due to taking Propranolol?
Query: Hi doctor, I have been prescribed Norditropin at 0.5 mg every three times a week. My problem is that I have a low resting heart rate, 38-55 when resting, and I noticed the side effects list includes a slow heartbeat. I asked my doctor about this, and he said it was not a problem. Could you give me a... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query, and from what you have mentioned, it appears that your low heart rate could be because of Propranolol that you are taking for anxiety, as mentioned by you, and not due to Norditropin per say. However, It could be caused by an enhanced effect of ... Read Full »