A few weeks back I noticed that my pulse was beating rather slow and at that time also significantly irregular. However, otherwise I felt fine...no breathlessness or chest pains, no dizziness apart from maybe feeling a little lightheaded once for a few seconds. Even after a short session on the cv machines in the hotel gym I was ok apart from maybe feeling a little fatigued and generally not as fit as I have been.
Athough maybe not as irregular, my resting bpm has remained slow : between low 40s and low 50s but still no real symptoms apart from maybe an understandable increased feeling of anxiety. As you do, I went to GP to get checked out and saw a practice nurse who gave me ECG which she said showed slow pulse with some unevenness and slight irregularity in beat. I was referred that day to the hospital's ambulatory care department where I was given a second ECG and examination this time by the doctor. He said that although my pulse was slow it was sinus rhythm, he also referred me for echocardiogram and 24hr ECG Holter test.
It was a three week wait for this to happen and was completed a few days ago. I understand now once again I have a few weeks to wait for either the cardiac consultant or my own GP to discuss the results.
Naturally, I am becoming increasingly anxious as time goes on but coping quite well, mainly due to the fact that that I have not experienced any of the adverse symptoms, other than a general feeling of lack of fitness when doing exhertive activities, and some occasional discomfort which I am putting down to an ever encroaching state of anxiety
I am wondering if there is a problem with my slow bpm or whether this could be just normal for me. I understand that some athletic people can have a reduced bpm, but I would not call myself an athlete.
Has anyone out there experienced anything similar and what was the outcome?