It’s common to experience a slow heart rate while at rest, but for some people, chronic slow heart rate can mean bradycardia.
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 for a normal heart rate.
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 when it is at rest 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:
The older you get, the more the electrical system of the heart functions abnormally. Men and women 65 and older often develop a slower heart rate.
- Underlying heart conditions
Diseases that damage the heart’s electrical system. These include 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).
Medicines for treating heart problems or high blood pressure, such as beta-blockers.
If you believe there is a cause of concern, contact your doctor and talk to him about your heart rate. Medical treatment for bradycardia can vary depending on what’s causing it.
Don’t know what your average heart rate is? Not to worry – Azumio now has TWO smartphone measuring apps that calculate your current heart rate in mere seconds, right from the convenience of your old cell phone.
Instant Heart Rate, our most popular app with over 25 million users, measures your heart rate from your phone’s camera and our latest app, Cardio Buddy, measures your heart rate in a touchless fashion (doesn’t make sense? Try it!).
You’ll be amazed what you can learn about your health by keeping track of your heart rate.
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