Low pulse rate

by J. Taylor

I recently had a 24 hour holter monitor test done.It showed that I have PAC & a few PVC arrhymias.My doctor said since I only had about 1400 in a 24 hour period,I didn't need to take any medication.I do take 2000mg of EPA & 200 mg of Co Q10 a day.My resting blood pressure is around 110/66 every morning & my pulse is usually 52-60.Do you think my pulse rate is to low? I'm 58 & in good physical shape.I work out at the gym 3 to 4 times a week.I also cycle every day. I experience palpitations rarely & sometimes I'm a little lightheaded,but I think it's do more to stress than my heart.I had several other checks,echo,full body blood pressure check & several ECGs.I7d appreciate your advice.I live in Japan & many doctors don't speak English!

Thanks a lot!

James Taylor

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Low Pulse Can Be Normal
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi James,

Low pulse rates in fit and conditioned people CAN be quite normal. Sometimes even getting as low as in the high 30's at rest in some very conditioned people.

I was VERY fit at one time and my pulse was in the low 40's for a couple of decades with no problems, except some high numbers of PVC's which caused me no problems. Almost certainly it was in the high 30's during sleep.

So, since you've had a full work up and you are fit, then the low pulse rate is almost certainly nothing to worry about. However, if the irregular heart rate is bothersome, it could be that you are low in magnesium. Irregular heart rhythms are very often from low magnesium (even if your magnesium level is normal on lab tests), and athletes are especially prone to being low in magnesium since they use it up frequently.

So, please check out my page on Signs of Magnesium Deficiency as that may be at least part of the problem.

As you said, Omega 3 fatty acids are a good choice too, keep that up as most of us are very deficient and they can help with irregular heart rhythms.

Kerri Knox, RN

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