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
"I never thought it could happen to me."
That's how Rose Rench reacted when doctors told her she was having a heart
attack. At age 46, Rench was bewildered when she suddenly couldn't catch her
breath while out for a walk on a sunny spring day. "I was young, I was 130
pounds, and I'd quit smoking a month before. I was healthy. But I couldn't
Rench tells WebMD that she somehow drove herself home, but couldn't rest;
her mind raced as she tried to gasp for breath. "I thought maybe I...