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Worriedlady2020
Worriedlady2020
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I’m currently seeing the doctor for other problems but because of my worrying nature and I’d thought my heart had been racing I decided to put my Fitbit in to five me peace of mind with my heart rate...

well I’m laid here in bed and it’s currently 58 it’s been down to 55 - last night in my sleep it went to 55 which I believe is ok if your asleep but I’m just laid in bed. So I’m panicking and to be honest I’m scared to go to sleep... I’ve took my pulse against a stop watch in the hope the Fitbit is wrong but it’s not. I’m so scared. I’m 38

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NorthantsSteve

Hi Worriedlady. Your heart rate sounds fine to me as long as you’re feeling OK and not dizzy. People normally have a heart rate starting at 60 (mine is quite a bit lower than that - albeit with meds that slow me down and into mid 40s when I put my feet up.) I’m otherwise fine and the doctor isn’t worried. If you have other symptoms then I suggest you talk to your doctor but a heart rate of 55 - as long as you’re otherwise OK is fine. Try some deep breathing or mindfulness exercises to take your mind off it.

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Worriedlady2020

Won’t deep breathing Make it slower?

When I wore my Fitbit about 6 months ago it never dropped this low. I’m not by any means a fit person but I’m not fat either. I have had episodes of light headed ness but that was before putting Fitbit back in so I do t know if that’s that or not.

I recently had a very short ECG at the doctor's as I could feel my heart racing - they said there was a mild abnormality but that can be normal for some people - something todo with sodium or something. I’m getting myself in a tizzy - I’ve been to doctors 3 times in past 7 days with a bad knee even had a blood test for DVT! If anything my heart should have a high rate with all the stress I’m under...

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NorthantsSteve

Deep breathing might make you less anxious. A heart rate of 55 or even lower isn’t a problem for someone in good health. And even though I’ve had a heart attack etc it would be high for me while I’m resting.

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Worriedlady2020

I’m worried it’s going to go even lower whilst I’m asleep 😱

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seasider18

Mine used to be in the mid 40's in daytime and down to 37 when asleep and no problem but as I had 3.7 second pauses when asleep they insisted I needed a pacemaker.

I met someone whose rate was found to be 26 bpm when he went for pre assessment for a knee replacement and he had lived a normal life like that. They fitted a pacemaker before he could have the operation.

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Worriedlady2020

I have no idea if I have pauses or not. I’d only know if the doctor decided to investigate I guess. But as I don’t appear to be dizzy alongside I’m trying not to fuel my constant health anxiety

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Mid 50s isn't really anything to worry about unless you're suffering symptoms.

My normal resting pulse is between 50 and 55, at really chilled times it drops to around 48, and most nights will get down to 40 or so. The lowest I've recorded was 37 for a minute or two and I've always woken up again so far. And that's without any meds that might affect it.

I've been working hard on fitness the past year or so but am still about 15kg overweight and won't be in the olympics any time soon!

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Worriedlady2020

I’m not fit at all, I mean I walk the dog for 20 mins every morning and I’m in my feet most of the day - I walk approx 7000 steps a day so I’m not fit by any means. I’m such a worrier

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Thatwasunexpected

You may be surprised how fit you are with that level of exercise.

It's worth remembering that the "normal heart rate = 60 to 100" is a pretty arbitrary range that was decided something like a century ago and never really been challenged.

There's quite a lot of evidence that a more realistic "normal" would be 50 to 80 bpm but the old numbers just seem to get repeated.

Certainly, I'd MUCH rather have a "lower than normal 50" than a supposedly normal 90!

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Worriedlady2020

I guess, if I didn’t have it on I probably wouldn’t know. My partners resting heart rate is 105 - but he is overweight but then I’m not slim.

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lettingoffsteam

I would be worried more about 105 than 55.Before I started bp meds my resting heart rate was 70-80 or so.Now it is often 55-60 and on a 24 hour ECG was registered as 47 overnight.It's OK to have a heart rate that slow if you are otherwise well.A friend of mine has a resting heart rate that is often in the 40s and her cardiologist seems fine with that.Have you been diagnosed with a cardiac issue? You seem very anxious.Anxiety affects me badly too and causes missed heart beats etc.I'm having CBT to address my anxiety which is helping and is free on the NHS.Perhaps it would help you.Hope you get the support you need soon.

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Worriedlady2020

Overnight it’s gone down to 50 whilst I was asleep. I am a very anxious person - feel like crying talking about it all. My doctor is useless. I had a short ECG at the doctors before Christmas and the nurse said I have a milks abnormality on the chart something dips where it shouldn’t do but he said that is normal for some people. But now with the low heart rate too - I dunno. If I didn’t have a heart rate monitor on wouldn’t know I guess. I only put it on because I could feel my heart beating at times (anxiety I was told) so put it in for my peace of mind but looks like I’ll be having to take it off for the sake of my mental health

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lettingoffsteam

To be honest I would take the Fitbit off and go back to a watch during the day only.It's very easy to become obsessed by health anxiety and that won't help your heart.Perhaps book an appointment with a different doctor or the nurse to answer your ecg questions.I have a dodgy ECG to due to my high bp and complications from that.It is worrying I know.Write down what you want to ask before you go and perhaps take a friend as a second pair of ears as anxiety causes selective hearing I find.I hope all goes well.🙂

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Hoski

Are you on any heart or blood pressure medications?

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Worriedlady2020

No none. All I’m taking is paracetamol and ibuprofen for bursitis of my knee.

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Hoski

Well, Im at a loss for an answer. My heart rate at rest is 50-60, sometimes drops in to the 40’s when Im asleep but Im on a medication that causes it. I wouldnt stress about it but would mention it to your doc.

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Worriedlady2020

She’s getting fed up of me, she’s a bit useless to be honest. I went in a week before Christmas with stress I sat crying my eyes out and she just said pull yourself together you are worrying about things you can’t control. She doesn’t have much sympathy as doctors go

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Hoski

That doesnt help much for her to not listen. Can you change doctors?

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Worriedlady2020

In the past I’ve always had low blood pressure. Not sure what it is now though

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Hoski

A lower heart rate can lower your blood pressure. Your heart rate isnt a dangerous thing so dont be afraid to go to sleep.

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Worriedlady2020

I’m scared I won’t wake up. Once I start worrying that’s it. Then I think I can feel my heart beating etc etc

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Hoski

That is panic and stress. Our minds can convince us of just about anything. Tell yourself that you are reacting to your emotions, you can overcome that. Do you know any relaxation techniques like controlled breathing?

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Worriedlady2020

I’ve tried to think logically but my head can’t be making my heart beat slowly 😨

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Hoski

No but its better it is slower than too fast. Im a nurse. A heart rate in the 50’s isnt going to kill you.

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Worriedlady2020

But what if it drops lower whilst I’m asleep? Thank you for answering by the way

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Hoski

There isnt any reason for you to worry about the “ what ifs”. You arent drinking large amounts of alcohol or recreational drugs are you? How high does your rate go when you walk around?

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Worriedlady2020

No - none at all. It goes up in the 70s and 80s walking around during the day. When I’m rushing around getting my son ready it goes to about 110-115. I’m not running or doing fast stuff because of my knee.

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Hoski

It sounds like your heart is functioning normally. It speeds up like it should. You have a lower resting heart rate but nothing to obsess about. Get some sleep tonight.

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Worriedlady2020

I’m sure it was never like this before. I don’t think it ever dropped below 65 when I wore it before. I’ll try sleep - I can’t stay awake forever. Thanks for your reply’s - means a lot

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Manhattan1

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i’m sitting reading in bed right now and my HR is 42!.. lowest recorded on my fitbit is 39.. i saw Cardiologist last week and forgot to mention the low HR thing lol.. last few days my dizziness has increased. not sure if it’s directly connected to the HR or some other cardiac problem.. currently awaiting appointment for an angiogram as recent ecg showed that there is a possibility i may have suffered a HA in the recent past.. don’t worry too much Worried Lady.. personally if my HR drops to 42 on a regular basis then i’ll definitely contact my GP

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Bagrat

I am totally unfit and older and my resting heart is below 60 most of the time. It has been like this for years and I'm still here to tell the tale. I have in tbe past had issues ( oh how I hate that word) with health and social anxiety. Both are now very much in my control although part of my nature. Have a look at mindfulness and meditation, tbe brain body link is an amazing thing and something to be harnessed as it is very powerful.

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IanMK

7000 steps per day! I wish! Sometimes only 2-3000.

I don’t exercise, as such, and I’m sure I would benefit from being more active. My resting heart rate is generally 55 and drops lower while sleeping and this is with a pacemaker. Stop worrying.

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Bicyclist

Do you think you might have health anxiety? I suffer from that and I identify with what you've been saying. Sometimes you just have to tell the voice in your head to .....go away and enjoy the day instead of counting your pulse to see if you're about to ahem die.

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Worriedlady2020

Yes I’m always worried about something with my health but my head can’t be making my heart beat slow, or cause my knee to swell or cause my veins in my leg to be inflamed either. I tried to think logically

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Dickydon

That would be low for me too, as I experienced that and as low as 33bpm was the lowest I recorded and it rendered me completely breathless and very unwell and could only lay down to recover. The slightest physical thing I did sent my heart rate too low. Aug 2018 I was fitted with a two lead pacemaker so everything got sorted, well, my heart rate doesn’t go below 60bpm now as the pacemaker has been programmed not to.

It’s worrying when it happens, but rest assured you’ll be okay once your GP/hospital sort it for you.

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Worriedlady2020

Should I mention it to the doctor? I think she’ll just say I’m fine, or take painkillers! That’s her favourite thing!

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Dickydon

Yes, definitely. Some people can deal with lower heart rates, I couldn’t and neither can you by the sound of things. So yes, very important that you mention this ASAP. If you have your own blood pressure monitor make records of the results and what you were doing prior to your low heart rate (bpm) and take it to show him/her and he/she will see what’s going on and hopefully get you an ECG and other tests to determine what’s exactly going on. Good luck!

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Worriedlady2020

I was just laid in bed, when I moved it went up a bit then went back down. I’ve got up and come downstairs, went up to nearly 85 now I’ve sat down with a cuppa and it’s 64... because I’m thinking about it then I can feel my heart beating if that makes sense. But other than that I feel fine

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NorthantsSteve

It sounds to me like your heart is working fine. 55 bpm isn’t really that low and if you’re otherwise fine with no other symptoms then your doctor is very likely to say you’re fine, too. Why not keep a log of your heart rate and what you’re doing at the time to see what’s happening. If it goes up when you are moving about and comes down when you stop moving and goes lower when you sleep that’s what your heart is supposed to do.

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Thatwasunexpected

That certainly sounds like a normal heart rate response.

As Dickydon says, "The slightest physical thing I did sent my heart rate too low. " and that's the difference. Heart rate should rise when you do things, not get lower, so a pacemaker was appropriate in his case.

Yours, on the other hand, is doing what it's supposed to.

Still worth getting it checked but, really, those sorts of rates are very unlikely indeed to be an issue.

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Prada47

Hi Worried

My lowest has been ( sustained ) at 33 BPM and I don't worry about it. Think you will find quite a few people are on medication to bring it into the range you are quoting.

Out of curiosity how old is your GP ? younger female GPs seem to be a lot more aware of anxiety problems !!

Regards

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Worriedlady2020

I’m not sure how old she is probably in her 40’s - I’ve found her useless with the diagnosis on my knee to be honest.

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Scored 42 last night sleeping (and 108 about half an hour later - must've been one heck of a dream!).

Average through the whole day yesterday was 54, with a peak of 106 and a minimum of 41. At one point yesterday afternoon I was at my workbench concentrating on the innards of a Rolex and my pulse was 47.

Am I worried? No.

Am I in pacemaker territory? No.

Do we sometimes measure too much for our own good because it's so easy nowadays? Absolutely yes!

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Andyman

My resting heart rate is low 40s. 55 is high for me.

We are all different.

I wouldn't worry if I was you.

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Worriedlady2020

Would worry?

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Andyman

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Worriedlady2020

Thank you - I worry ALL the time - so I’d expect my heart rate to be higher not lower!

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Andyman

Also it's a Fitbit not the most accurate device. Really they are just a comparison device between each day. I wouldn't rely on them as a diagnosis. Move them around on your wrist gets different results. On top or underneath the wrist, how tight it is, all make a difference to the reading.

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Worriedlady2020

Last night I did compare it to me taking my own pulse and it was only 1 out 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Fazerboy

My resting hr is about 45. Not on any meds. It drops to about 38 at times. If you feel ok, ie not dizzy or fainting then you should be ok.

When you think your hr is low can you measure your pulse the old way. Fitbits etc aren’t always accurate.

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Worriedlady2020

I did last night was only 1 out

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Fazerboy

That is reassuring. I mention it because I cycle and I have a Garmin chest strap hr monitor and a Fitbit Blaze. Many a time they are miles out. The Garmin one is usually correct, the Fitbit not always so.

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Hatchjd

Your resting heart rate is normal. My resting heart rate is 45-50 my husband’s is 75- 85 On a recent visit to his cardiologist he asked if his high rate was normal. He was told that a normal low or high heart rate has no effect on longevity. It is a normal variant like height.

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tunybgur

My resting HR is normally 45 and my BP 120/70, what's your resting BP?

Low HR is considered to be good. I'm 72 and reasonably fit, my HR has always been low.

Please rest assured your heart will not stop while you're asleep, perhaps you should consider discussing this with your GP in more detail as it's obviously preying on your mind and could become an obsession, and dump the fitbit!

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Worriedlady2020

I’m worried about everything - I have currently a bad knee and inflamed veins in my leg as well as the doctor saying I have stress - my doctor is useless I asked for a 2nd opinion and I still got her.

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tunybgur

Seriously, there are very effective methods for treating obsessive worrying, you must try and get some help to develop some mental calmness, yoga or meditation might help, but seems you might need a new GP.

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Purpled

My resting is 45 50, I am not an athlete or on any meds to lower it. Mine is just naturally low same as my blood pressure is usually 111/68

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Moody-Blues

My HR regularly drops to high 30's overnight and low 40's just sitting around. My cardiologist said it just shows how fit I am, and my Fitbit reckons I have excellent cardio fitness for my age. I suspect the medication may have something to do with it though! (Both my GP and cardiologist are perfectly happy with it)

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