A Low Heart Rate-What Can It Possibly Mean For You?

It’s common to experience a slow heart rate while at rest, but for some people, chronic slow heart rate can mean bradycardia


By Azumio, Inc.


Bradycardia is defined as having a heart rate of less than 60 beats per minute – slower than the national average of 60 to 100 beats per minute.

Having a slow heart rate may not be a cause for alarm though – healthy young adults and athletes often average less than 60 beats a minute. If you exercise more, your heart can supply your body with fewer beats per minute.

For others, bradycardia is a sign of a problem in the heart’s electrical system. They can be caused by several factors:

  • Age:  The older you get, the more the electrical system of the heart functions abnormally.

  • Underlying heart conditions:  Diseases that damage the heart’s electrical system, including coronary artery disease, heart attacks and heart infections.

  • Underlying medical conditions:  People with low thyroid conditions or an electrolyte imbalance (such as too much Potassium in your blood stream).

  • Medicine:  Medicines for treating heart problems or high blood pressure, such as beta-blockers. 

If you believe there is a cause of concern, talk to your doctor about your heart rate. Medical treatment for bradycardia can vary depending on what’s causing it.