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35 BPM. I'm scared.
AnaMaria87 posted:
I arrived home today from the hospital after spending a day in the ER and the night in the hospital. I was discharged this afternoon. I was sent to the ER after going to my school clinic because of fatigue and dizziness. My resting heart rate is 35-38. When I get up and move around, it goes up normally. I was seen by a cardiologist who said that I could go home because I was healthy, my blood and urine tests showed no abnormalities... except a low count in platelets and white blood cells. Now I'm getting really scared. I think I'm imagining chest pains. I have also had amenorrhea for the past 3 years. I am athletic, but nowhere near an Olympic level. I'm a 21-year-old woman, 5'3" and weigh 128 lbs. Thanks for any advice/suggestions!
CardiostarUSA1 responded:

Scared no doubt.

Normal resting range heart/pulse (H/P) rate in adults is 60-100 beats per minute (BPM). Average resting H/P rate in men is 72-78 BPM and in women is 78-84 BPM. Under 60 BPM is bradycardia (slow heartbeat).

Some individuals normally have a low resting H/P rate without any problems as bradycardia may/can cause no symptoms. Bradycardia may/can also cause concerning symptoms such as lightheadedness or dizziness, confusion, weakness or episodes of syncope/fainting/passing out.

The examination and treatment that one receives at the ER is not intended as a substitute for complete "all-around" medical care by/from one's regularly seen doctor(s).

ALWAYS be proactive in your health care and treatment. Most important, communicate/interact well with your doctor(s).

Best of luck down the road of life. Live long and prosper.

Take care


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James_Beckerman_MD responded:
I can understand why this is scary - a heart rate of 35 is low - but it sounds like you have been evaluated by your doctor and felt to be safe. You hit upon an important point in evaluating whether a slow heart rate is acceptable. It's not only your heart rhythm that's important, but also your heart's response to exercise/stress.

There are some causes of low heart rates that are treatable, such as thyroid disease. Given that you are amenorrheic, this might be a good thing to get checked if it hasn't been already.

Take care.

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