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polishdan
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   Posted 10/16/2012 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all
I am new to this thread but not new to HealingWell. I am a veteran of the ostomy and parkinson's threads.
All you hear is high blood pressure and fast heart rate. I have a pretty normal BP but my heart rate is low, usually below 60 and routinely in the 30's. I feel fine and exercise without problem. I can do anything I want. Heart rate does go to upper 90's. The low HR started a year ago as a reaction to combigan, an eyedrop with a beta blocker. No more combigan but HR stil low.
 
Anybody else? Comments?
 
Dan

stkitt
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   Posted 10/17/2012 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Dan,
 
When your pulse is low, it means your heart rate is low, and that means your heart is having to work harder to pump your blood. Low pulse rate can be caused by a disruption of the electrical impulses that keep your heart in rhythm.
Have you had an exam by your PCP and has he mentioned  hypothyroidism ? Low pulse rate is among the many symptoms of hypothyroidism.
 
You will see articles that will explain young altheletes may have a low heart rate which is normal for them but these are the road warriors that take exercise seriously - the runners, the bikers, the triathalon people. 
 
My best advice - do check in with your Dr. and I am glad to meet you here in the heart forum.
 
Kindly,
Kitt

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polishdan
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   Posted 10/18/2012 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt
Thanks for the reply. When I posted tuesday I already had an appointment with a cardiologist for wednesday. He reviewed past ekg's and history. Said I have nothing wrong that needs fixing. My heart has an irregular beat. I use one of the home pressure testers. He said it is the problem. It cannot "see' beats that are too quick. He said my pulse is around 70. When I run my pulse goes to 100 and my tester records it. He said when my heart is working hard the irregularity goes away and the tester sees the correct pulse.
I also have glaucoma. about a year ago I started an eyedrop, combigan. Did not know that it had a beta blocker. My pulse went to 35 and I went to emergency room. Wore 48 hour monitor. Same cardo said there was nothing wrong. Interaction between combigan and azilect (Parkinson's med) caused slow pulse.
Yesterday he said to put my mind at ease I could do a stress test. Just call and schedule when I want. Will probably do soon.
Through all this I feel fine and have nothing that I cannot do.
 
Dan 
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