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 had my first heart attack 26 years ago, when I was 52. I was very active
then, sometimes jogging and often walking long distances. But I was also on the
congressional staff in Washington, and the day leading up to the attack was
even more hectic than usual. My boss was introducing major legislation, and I
had crafted an important floor speech. I didn’t have time for regular meals and
ate a huge cheeseburger for dinner, then smoked three or four cigarettes.
It happened about 3 in the morning...