A heart rate of less than 50 beats per minute is usually
considered a slow heart rate (bradycardia). Well-trained athletes often have
slow heart rates, but this is not normal for most people.
heart rate can cause lightheadedness, fainting, chest discomfort, or shortness
of breath because not enough blood is being pumped to the rest of the body. A
slow heart rate that is not causing other symptoms usually is not serious. Slow
heart rates that cause other symptoms are serious and need to be evaluated by a
health professional. A slow, irregular heart rate that is different than your
normal heart rate needs to be reported to your health professional
Atherosclerosis is the process of narrowing and hardening of the arteries due to plaque buildup in the inner lining of arteries. It's the key cause of heart attacks and strokes and the No. 1 killer in the U.S.
When it comes to developing health risks from atherosclerosis, some people are at higher risk than others. But because atherosclerosis is silent until it's advanced, estimating one's health risk takes some educated guesswork.
How can you determine your risk? The risk factors are easy...