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Question: pulse of 50 beats per minute


 mahloele - Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:35 am

my blood pressure is 120/80 , pulse at 50 beats per minute,i do not have any medical conditions diagnosed so far,never been hospitilised for the past 20 years, should i be concern about my pulse rate which runs between 50 and 52 beat per minute
 John Kenyon, CNA - Wed Nov 25, 2009 10:34 pm

User avatar Hi -- Most likely there's no problem here. However, one thing which often explains a slower-than-normal heart rate is a high level of fitness. If you're a runner, jogger, regular brisk walker even, and a little bit vagatonic anyway (dominated by the vagus nerve or parasympathetic nervous system, the break that slows the heart) then this is perfectly normal. If you're not especially fit and still have a slow rate this could still be normal (some people are just plain vagatonic), but it would probably be reasonable to have, as part of a regular physical, a 12-lead EKG to make certain there are no electrical abnormalities. There very likely aren't (or if there are they are likely inconsequential) but it would be good to know for future comparison purposes.

If, however, you maintain a regular fitness regimen, this would likely explain it. Also, with no other symptoms, there's no reason to make a special appointment, just maybe mention it at the next regular physical or office visit.

Good luck to you. Please follow up with us here as needed.

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