Originally Posted by SeaBreezes
I'm sure that my heart rate drops into the 40's when I'm sleeping, particularly since it's between 51-60 during the day when I'm most active. I'm just really scared that my heart rate is dangerously low, and I'm even more concerned that my doctor is NOT concerned.
While there are good doctors out there, there are a lot of hacks. When a doctor isn't able to properly diagnose his patient, they will either blame the patient's condition on the patient, by telling the patient that the condition is caused by stress, or ignore the problem, like your doctor seems to be doing.
I don't blame you one bit for feeling like you are on your own and that your doctor is ignoring your symptoms. Your doctor sounds like a hack.
He should know better, since he is the one that ordered the holter monitor for the fast heart rate that I was having.
I have had major heart disease for many years. I have met heart "experts" who are not capable of interpreting Holter results.
Did you get a copy of the Holter summary? It is one page and contains a summary by hour. In other words, there are 24 summary lines on the report. Each line shows the average heart rate, minimum heart rate, maximum heart rate, and also shows how many times your heart misfired per hour.
If anything, it will tell you how much your heart slowed down during the night, during that one day. Granted, it won't show you what your heart is doing today, but at least it can provide you with some information.
He is attributing that to my weight loss, saying that those lost pounds have put less of a demand on my heart. I'm not buying that. It doesn't seem normal to go from 100bpm to 51 bpm because of a diet. Help PLEASE!!!!
Everyone is different. I've got significant heart problems. In my case, many things that I breathe, such as odors, chemicals, smoke, pollens, pollutants; can make my heart misfire. Many things that I eat or drink can make my heart misfire. And..... many things that touch my skin, like dyes, chemicals, materials, inks, can make my heart misfire. When I say "misfire" I mean make my heart beat too fast, too slow, too hard, too soft, skip beats, etc.
Have you ever noticed problems breathing after eating a particular food, or after putting on a particular outfit, or after walking outside, or in any other circumstance? In my opinion, baring any significant heart damage, a heart normally does not want to misfire. Some external influences irritate the hearts electrical system. Find out the irritating culprits and you might be able to see improvements in your symptoms.