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Re: Heart Murmurs and Low Heart Rate

Posted By L Poynter on May 21, 1999 at 15:52:41
I lead a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and good exercise - 3 to 4 runs a week, swimming and cycling.
Recently I visited my PCP for a routine visit to be told that I have a heart murmur. In addition I was told that I had a low heart rate (62) and an enlarged heart. I am in the process of arranging an appointment with a cardiologist.
Reading around the topic on the web I get the impression that an enlarged heart is bad news - is that the case or could it be due to my level of exercise ?
Thanks in advance.

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Posted By melissa on May 21, 1999 at 18:26:54
I have heard that anywhere from 60-100 is normal for a heart rate in adults.  Is this true.  I don't know all of your smptoms but it sounds like the heart rate is normal.

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Posted By shannon on May 22, 1999 at 01:35:47
Most people would be thrilled to have a heart rate of 62.  It's definitely in the normal range for adults.  Also, I know that atheletes sometimes do have slightly enlarged hearts -- my husband is an ultra runner (does 35 to 50 miles races; trains 50 - 70 miles per week) and some of the guys he runs with do have enlarged hearts.  So, likely not too much to worry about -- but you're smart to see a cardiologist to check it out.  It will be interesting to see the CCF doc's response, too.

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Posted By L Poynter on May 25, 1999 at 14:11:06
Thanks for your support.
I will update you when I see the Cardiologist.

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Posted By sara on May 26, 1999 at 11:15:37
I'd be really interested to hear what your doctor has to say.  I also have a low resting heart rate and the last time I was at the doctor's, he also informed me that I now have a slight heart murmur.  My doctor whom I see is an Internal Medicine doctor who I really hope can tell the difference between a good murmur and a bad one!!!  

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