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Resting heart rate

Can anyone tell me what a safe resting heart rate is? Mine is 52 which I think is low although my doctor said it wasn't anything to worry about. Have a Fitbit (which my doctor doesn't like) and over night my the goes down to 41 is this ok?

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My resting heart rate is a drug induced 52 and it also drops a bit at night. It’s fine. If it goes below 40 then you should seek further medical advice/intervention, otherwise, just carry on

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My husband takes amiodarone to keep him out if AFib. It has long term side affects but at 83 the doc says the side affects accumulate and cause problems 10 years out. His heart resting heart rate during the day is in the 50s. He feels great and that’s really what counts. Unless your fainting or lightheaded see your GP. Without the medication my hubbys heart rate would be at a level where as the doc described he’d be running a marathon 24/7 and that would be the most dangerous thing for his heart. Basically justwearing it out. Don’t know what his ho is when sleeping because he’s sleeping so well now it’s not that important. God Speed.

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Mine regularly drops down to low 30’s and have been told if you don’t notice any symptoms related to it then there isn’t too much to worry about. Your hr will vary with age, physical fitness and tiredness etc. If you do feel uncomfortable about your hr then best get it checked.

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That’s a great heart rate. Be thankful

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Mine is often below fifty during the day when resting. Don’t know if that’s useful to you. Not sure wether that’s meds induced or not. Would like to find out. Mind

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Hello, my HR is similar but I also get a lot of extra heartbeats as well. Can't say for for sure if the low heart rate is caused by it but I have hypertension with an enlarged heart due to the undiagnosed hypertension. Did you get your BP checked properly?

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Thanks for all your replies, I have recently had an ECG and blood pressure checked all are ok. Two months ago my resting heart rate was 62 and over these two months it has steadily dropped and today it's down to 50, I have lost a bit of weight could this be the main factor? Don't really want to bother the doctor again. I am a 64 year old women only taking meds for interactive thyroid any thoughts appreciated

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I mean underactive thyroid :)

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I have just had a successful cardioversion for permanent Afib. Am still on apixaban but not on any beta blockers. While in Afib and on various beta blockers, calcium blockers and eventually on digoxin as all bar low dose digoxin caused almost constant breathlessness, my resting heart rate whent to 44 sometimes during sleep and caused me breathing problems which constantly woke me up. I was told low hr during sleep was nothing to worry aboutbut the constant waking was doing me no good at all. I now find that my resting heart rate goes down to 52 during sleep but doesn't affect me. I would definitely tell your GP and/or Cardiologist about this as it is obviously a worry to you and they will be able to do other tests if necessary and be able to put your mind at rest.

Take care

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Better to have a lower HR than a high one! I live quite happily on a resting HR in the lower 40s/ upper 30s and a normal one of around 50.

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Why doesn't your doctor like the fitbit?

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She doesn't like them because they are worrying people unnecessary and maybe not giving a true reading

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Athletes have similar heart rates. Unless you’re extremely healthy and not on drug induced low heart rate then you should see a dr

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