Low Heart Rate

Topic Title: Low Heart Rate
Created On: 06/18/2003 12:52 PM

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 05/30/2004 09:43 PM

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Low heart rate, or bradycardia, is a classic symptom of athletically fit people. It is a completely normal and healthy response to working out. When the heart becomes stronger, it begins to pump blood more efficiently. When this happens, the body senses that it is getting more than enough blood, so it drops the heart rate to keep everything at a perfect level of oxygen being used to oxygen being delievered. In some athletes, certain cardiac arrhythmias like 1st or even 2nd degree heart block are not impossible.
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 06/18/2003 12:52 PM

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I'm 16 and a few days ago I went in to have my wisdom teeth removed and the surgeon hooked me up to all the machines and monitors.. and they had to reschedule the surgery to outpatient at the hospital because I had such a low heart rate. At its lowest it was 38, and that was after I had walked into the office and had jitters about surgery. A normal heart rate is anywhere from 60-70 I've been told. I went to my doctor to make sure nothing was wrong with my heart, they took an EKG and it showed nothing was wrong... I'm just a healthy, extremely active person. I was just wondering that since I have such a low heart rate, and am very athletic, if I continue to work out all the time and get aerobic exercise, will my heart rate continue to drop? And what is the lowest that a heart rate can be at a healthy level without being dangerously low?
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