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Very low heart rate

I am a 54 year female in good health.  My question concerns a decline in heart rate over the past 8 months.  In March 1999 I had an EKG done to confirm that I had a heart rate in the low 50's.  I recently had an EKG done which showed a heart rate of 39-42 bpm.  I am not an athlete, I do not run marathons, I walk briskly (3.5 mph), at best.  

In the 1970's I was a routine blood donor and had a heart rate in the low 70's.  In the 80's I was in my best condition, doing aerobics 3 times a week and I had a pule in the low 60's, which is where it remained until the EKG I had done in March 1999.  My question is whether there is a logical explanation for the decline of 10 points in the past 8 months.  I have had a stress (treadmill test) performed in March as well as a thallium stress test.  Both tests did not reveal any abnormalities.  I also had an echocardiogram done in March which was normal.  I was put on Zestril (2.5mg/day) to control slightly elevated BP noted during the stress test. The only other medications I am on are Premarim (.625mg) and Fosamax (5 mg). Any insight you can provide would be most appreciated.

Thank you.
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Dear Trudy,

With age, your heart rate may decrease.  As long as you are feeling well ( not tired or dizzy) this is of no consequence.

It is unlikely to be related to medication.
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