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Old 02-04-2009, 12:07 PM   #1
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Heart Rate of 53?

I just had my pulse checked and it was 53

Is this to low?

I Walk about 30 minutes 3 times a week
but sit at my job all day..

I am not overly overweight at 198 pounds at 5' 11"

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Old 02-05-2009, 04:49 AM   #2
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Re: Heart Rate of 53?

My doctor told me once that she would find a heart rate of 50 fine.
At the moment I am free from medication.

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Old 02-05-2009, 09:53 AM   #3
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Re: Heart Rate of 53?

Mine is usually 58-62 while I'm sitting at my desk. It's easy to take your own pulse. I don't think 53 is anything to worry about. Many athletes will have lower pulse rates than that at rest. I think that a lower pulse rate is generally better than high, but I'm not sure what the interplay is with blood pressure.

Old 02-05-2009, 10:00 AM   #4
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Re: Heart Rate of 53?

Yes it is low but the most important rate is the one you normally beat at. Take your own pulse once a day for a couple weeks and over a period of time you will see what your normal is. I am guessing it is somewhere around 53. so for you that would be normally low.

Old 02-05-2009, 07:45 PM   #5
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Re: Heart Rate of 53?

Was it always this low? can't a heartrate that low cause a heart block?

Old 02-06-2009, 05:56 AM   #6
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Re: Heart Rate of 53?

Or it's a symptom of heartblock. But, I'm pretty sure there are other symptoms that go along with it - shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting spells, etc.

I have a ridiculously low heart-rate as well. I used to worry about it some, but I just had a complete work up (stress test, echo and a few ekg's) and everything came back pretty, so I'm not going to think anymore about it. My heart rate rests around 55 BPM - sometimes getting as low as 48. Doctor said it's normal for me and if I'm not having any symptoms to not worry about it.

To clarify - I did not have the heart workup for the slow heart rate, but for palpitations that started about a month ago.

Last edited by zekat; 02-06-2009 at 05:57 AM. Reason: Clarification

Old 02-06-2009, 08:12 PM   #7
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Re: Heart Rate of 53?

I was told by a doctor that heart-rate is only too low when it causes symptoms. More often than not, my resting heart-rate is 52-55 bpm, up to 60 bpm. No issues...ever, and I've had it for as long as I can remember.

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