Low Heart Rate

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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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 »


Dr. Hira Chaudhry

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 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 »


Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

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 »

Is it possible that anxiety causes episodes of bradycardia?

Query: Hello Doctor,   Is it possible that anxiety causes episodes of bradycardia?  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

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-bloc...  Read Full »

When do I need a pacemaker for my low heart rate?

Query: Hello doctor, I get low heart rates of 40 to 45 bpm while sitting or lying down, and when I get up and walk, it will return to 60 and above. I also went for a long walk for about an hour, and my heart rate was between 78 to 90 bpm. I have had this issue for more than eight years. My query is, do ...  Read Full »


Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for reaching out to us. I have gone through the result of your investigations (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Your ECHO (echocardiogram) and ECG (electrocardiogram) are within normal limits and do not show any abnormalit...  Read Full »

Is it normal for an 82-year-old to have a pulse rate of 54?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 82-year-old male. I noticed a pulse rate of 54 beats per minute before a couple of days. Yesterday, I recorded my pulse rate throughout the day from 8 am to 10 pm. I had a pulse rate of 58, 60, 80, 78, 69, and 74 beats per minute. I had a pulse rate of 80 beats per minute after g...  Read Full »


Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It is perfectly normal to have a low pulse rate according to your age. It is a physiological change that occurs with aging and it is not considered low. The normal pulse rate ranges between 60 to 90 beats per minute. This range differs with pe...  Read Full »

Do I need to get my VDD pacemaker replaced?

Query: Hello doctor,I have implanted a VDD pacemaker due to Brady-tachy syndrome ten years. My condition is improved, and medication was stopped (Amiadorone and Metoprolol). I pace less than 3% when interrogated. Now the battery is depleting, and my doctor said I need replacement even though it is not used...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. What is your age?  Read Full »

Do I need a pacemaker for low heart rate?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 80-year-old woman with a little history of hypertension but without any other significant health issues. I am not on any medication at all. My blood pressure historically has been in a band of 120/80 up to 140/100 or so. My pulse is generally 80-95 bpm. I usually measure my blood ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, it is a heart block, and it is a 2:1 AV (arteriovenous) block. Block can be intermittent, present at sometimes, and recover at other times. This certainly requires treatment as it can be life-threatening or may lead to syncope if the heart rate drops further do...  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 »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

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 tha...  Read Full »

Is it safe for me to do exercise with a low heart rate?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had really bad anxiety lately and never check my heart rate and decided to check it. It was only about 63 beats per minute, but it was around 90 the last time I checked. I have recently been put on Pantoprozole and an extra blood pressure pill for anxiety. I would say I am very...  Read Full »


Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. A normal pulse rate is anything between 60 to 90 beats per minute. So 63 beats per minute is not bad. I am slightly worried about your weight. The chest pain you are having might be angina. I strongly advise you to do an echo, chest x-ra...  Read Full »

Should I concern about my resting low heart rate?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old male. I have health anxiety and over the past few days, I have noticed my heart rates is as low as 46. Upon further research, my fitness tracker has shown a steady decline in my resting heart rate over the past few weeks. A steady drop the low 60s in April to an ave...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is usually not a matter of concern. Are you an athlete or involved in heavy activities or vigorous running? It is usually fine to have a resting heart rate in this range especially in individuals who perform heavy activities. It is due to high vagal tone in athle...  Read Full »

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