Q. I am 82 years, and my pulse was 54 a couple of nights ago. Should I be concerned?

Answered by
Dr. Isaac Gana
and medically reviewed by Dr. Hemalatha
This is a premium question & answer published on May 03, 2020 and last reviewed on: May 15, 2020

Hi doctor,

I am an 82-year-old man and noticed that my pulse was 54 late a couple of nights ago. I recorded it yesterday throughout the beginning with 8 am and ending at 10:15 pm. The pulse was 58, 60, 80, 78, 69, and 54. The 80 was after hiking 2.5 miles. I am concerned about the low of 54. I am currently on Valsartan and Hydrochlorothiazide 325 mg/25 mg and Amiloride 5 mg, each one per day.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

Thanks for reaching out to us.

I understand your concern about your health. Please do not be worried as it is nothing.

It is perfectly normal to have a slightly low pulse as you age. It is a physiological change that occurs with aging perhaps 54 beats per minute can not be said to be too low. A normal pulse is between 60 to 90 beats per minute. This range differs with people. Age, body size, and activity level are some of the reasons for the variation.

I advise you to continue your normal daily routine without worry. You can become concerned if it becomes lower as much as 40 and you experience symptoms like shortness of breath or faintness. Remain healthy. Best regards.

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