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5 Heart Rate Myths Debunked

4. Myth: If my heart rate is normal, my blood pressure is fine.

Sometimes your heart rate and your blood pressure go hand in hand. For example, when you exercise, or get angry or scared, they both go up.

But they're not always linked. If your heart rate is normal, your blood pressure may not be. It could be too high or too low, and you may not realize it.

Even if your heart rate seems fine, get your blood pressure checked regularly.

5. Myth: If my heart rate is slow, it means I have a weak heart.

Not necessarily. A slow heart rate can be a sign that you're healthy and fit. An athlete's heart muscle is in better shape, so it doesn't have to work as hard to keep up a steady beat.

In general, Patel says, slow rates are only a problem if you also pass out, feel dizzy, are short of breath, or have chest pain. See your doctor if you have any of those symptoms.

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Reviewed on May 21, 2015

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