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Comment by gangadharan nair on March 2, 2010 at 1:25 pm
If you are a well trained athlete, then there is no problem. Otherwise, you have to consult a cardiologist.
Sick sinus syndrome is a collection of heart rhythm disorders that include:
* Sinus bradycardia — slow heart rates from the natural pacemaker of the heart
* Tachycardias — fast heart rates
* Bradycardia-tachycardia — alternating slow and fast heart rhythms
Chronic cases may require a pacemaker.
Comment by looby on March 2, 2010 at 1:25 pm
I would hate to find out thanks
Comment by juliebaci on March 2, 2010 at 1:25 pm
40-60 beats/min is normal for adults – see
Comment by Queryman on March 2, 2010 at 1:25 pm
The lowest ever recorded resting heart rate is 28, belonging to a Tour de France winner. True, a slower heart rate indicates good physical fitness in athletes. But rate of 40bpm should ring alarm bells if it happens all of a sudden.
Because this can happen when heart goes into ‘ junctional rhythm ‘ due to a diseased state. This is caused by an electrical block of the main conduction tissue called SA node due to malfunction allowing the AV junction to take over. And this does not occur in an healthy heart. In irreversible cases, the patient can run into trouble needing medical assistance, often a pace maker.
So without assuming it to be sign of a healthy heart get checked by a cardiologist asap.
Comment by Thomas on March 2, 2010 at 1:25 pm
My resting rate is too high due to health problems but 40 is a healthy resting heart rate.
Comment by Daydreamer on March 2, 2010 at 1:25 pm
I’ve heard it said that elite sportspeople can get theirs down to 30-35bpm.
(Now I’m on my meds, mine is usually around the 50bpm).
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