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I have a sedentary lifestyle, and now my heart rate is low. What should I do?


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Dr. K. Shobana

Published At June 22, 2017
Reviewed AtDecember 6, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 19 year old male. I am 15 to 20 pounds overweight. My height is 6 foot 1 inch. I stopped exercising eight months ago. I do not have a calcium deficiency. I am currently fasting for religious purposes. I ate a whole wheat bagel with a glass of milk at 4 AM. It is now 10 AM. My heart rate is below 60 bpm. Could I be having a problem with the SA or AV node? Is the sodium or potassium influx or efflux of plasma membranes not enough? I do not know if this is relevant, but I drank one and a half bottles of Gatorade at 10 PM yesterday. What is wrong with me? Is it due to my sedentary lifestyle? I spend most of my day studying.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

The issue seems to be your weight and stress. If you try to achieve your ideal BMI (body mass index), that is, around 25, and control your stress you will be alright. Take a normal balanced diet, and reduce carbohydrates and fat intake by 20 % till you achieve your target BMI. Consume a fruit and vegetable diet once a week, with adequate water intake. Do brisk walking for 30 minutes every day. Do breathing exercise for 5 to 10 minutes twice daily. This will help you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay
Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay


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