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.
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