I have a question on when you should go to the ER and maybe other reasons why one may have the following symptoms:
40-44 heart rate even when moving around and dips to 38-40 while laying down.
A heaviness on the chest, then pain on left side of chest , dizziness, extreme exhaustion, breathing seems to be restricted a bit.
Then as time goes on after laying down, pain in left shoulder.
Last about 1/2 or getting better then worse, then it subsides.
Some pcv during this "episode" but heart rate stays around 40.
The night before exhaustion was extreme.
I am 33 female with family history of heart problems. All uncles and my grandfather have passed of heart failure before age 50. Grandmother and Aunt have problems, father deceased of brain tumor.
Have mild mitro valve regurgation.
Wore a 30 day montior everday I was in Sinus Tach. and Sinus
Brad. with PVS, PAC's.
All other tests came back good.
Had one borderline EKG.
But when I was in the hospital when I would get this pain the EKG was normal so maybe it was in my head.
The doctor put me on Toprol 50mg and it has really helped the symptoms, but it seems like I am having more and more problems again.
The dizziness is bad and I hadn't had any pain or heaviness since being on the meds about 2 months now until today.
I think that is about it. I really don't want to drive 1 hour one way to the hospital when it isn't necessary and I want to find out why I get this and what it may be.
Comment on low heart rate. I was concerned about a HR that dropped to 36 after a cardioversion. I was concerned. After spending 5 hours in an Emergency room, I was told not to be worried about a low HR UNLESS it is accompanied by other symptoms eg. fainting, dizziness or chest pain. If that is the case go to the closest Emerg immediately.
My husband has had a low heart rate for 4 years. Twice in 1998 his heart stopped for about 45 seconds before spontaneously restarting. He was at the doctors office during the first time and on a monitor the second time but unfortunately neither time were there monitors recording these events. His heart rate is between 43 and 55 and he is very tired. He is 47 and in wonderful health except for the heart rate and exhaustion. He has been to numerous cardiologist who say they can't do anything for him (ie put in a pacemaker) because he is in such excellent health and his only real problem is a chronic slow heart rate of 43-53 which makes him tired. They have told him that his heart might stop again and that he should try to remain in good health so it will spontaneously start back up. They have said that until it stops while he is on a monitor or unless it slows to below 40 then they cannot put in a pacemaker. Is this good information or should we seek further help????? Lately he has been having some chest pains but we were told that his related to neurocardiogenic syncope. What is that? Thanks.
It was very interesting to read about low heart rates. I am 56 years old. I have been jogging at least three miles on the average of 5 days a weeks for the past 23 years, and so, naturally my resting heart rate has been 46. And am a nonsmoker, moderate drinker, and have had no prior history of heart problem, nor do I have any family history. Nonetheless, on October 12 of 2001, I felt a strange pain on the middle of my chest. Prior to that, on a few occasions, while right in the middle of jogging I would feel the same pain, but as I would slow down the pace, the pain would go away and I would finish my jogging routine. But that day, my sixth sense told me to go and check with my doctor, which I did. The same day (Oct. 12) I went to see my doctor and he found nothing wrong. But the very next day I experienced the same pain and I went to see the doctor again who suggested that I take a stress test. At the stress test - ordinarily I could have gone miles and miles and feel no pain whatseoever - I hadn't even gone a quarter mile I felt the same pain sensation. I was taken off the test and hurried to the hospital. Test revealed that I had a collapsed artery and a stent was placed to open it. Next day I was back to work. I was also put on cholesteral reducing drug.
After taking a few weeks off, I went back to my exercise routine. Subsequent tests revealed that my cholesteral level has gone down to excellent level. Now I am fully back to what I used to do, i.e., jog. But I find that my heart rate has gone even further down: at rest it hoovers somewhere between 35 and 40, but I do not feel any weakness, shortness or breadth, or tiredness at all. In other words, I feel extremely fine, but I wonder what is the implication of such a low pulse rate.
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