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What causes low heart rate in a 73 yr old man and how dangerous

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What causes low heart rate in a 73 yr old man and how dangerous is it?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Josh replied 1 year ago.
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Myself Dr Josh and I’m happy to help with your question today. Please provide me the following information so that I can address your concern appropriately.

Can you please tell about your condition- which medication was prescribed?
What is your present heart rate?
Do you suffer from anxiety or severe stress?
Any investigations so far?
Any other health or medical problems

Thanks

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Bisoprolol was 10mg been reduced to 5mg.


Also on bendroflumethiazide 2,5 mg, amlodipine 5 mg and allopurinol 100 mg, atorvastatin 20mg, and aspirin 75 mg. also tablets for diabetes type 2.


 


Present heart rate between 47 and 50 bpm at rest.


Had triple heart bypass almost 11 years ago.


No investigations yet.


.


 

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Bisoprolol was 10mg been reduced to 5mg.


 


Also on bendroflumethiazide 2,5 mg, amlodipine 5 mg and allopurinol 100 mg, atorvastatin 20mg, and aspirin 75 mg. also tablets for diabetes type 2.


 


Present heart rate between 47 and 50 bpm at rest.


 


Had triple heart bypass almost 11 years ago.


 


No investigations yet.

Expert:  Dr. Josh replied 1 year ago.
Monica, Thanks for all these additional details.
I am sorry to hear about your problems.

Sorry for the delay in answering. I was on another question.
I apologize for your wait.

Well, The heart usually between 60 and 100 times a minute in an adult at rest.
When heart beats 60 times minute or less that , then it is called as Bradycardia.

In athletes the normal heart rate can be around 40.
During sleep heart rate can also go down.
You should consult your cardiologist to check whether a Holter monitor will be necessary.

Low heart rate can be due to-
-A heart block, It can be Type 1, type 2a and b and type 3 or 3rd degree heart blocks.
-Infection of heart tissue (myocarditis)
-Imbalance of electrolytes
-Hemochromatosis
Other condition like thyroid function –hypothyroidism may cause low heart rate.

Also it could be related with side effects from high blood pressure medications.

To make a diagnose, doctor will advise for tests-
-EKG
-Heart ultrasound
-Blood tests.

Please consult your doctor for clinical checkup and get appropriate management.

If there’s more I can do, please use the reply tab and let me know how I can be of further assistance.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Thank you. We shall go to see our GP tomorrow, I didn't want to fuss but we are going away soon and I am feeling stressed with worry as he has had about 4 almost fainting attacks. Thank you again.

Expert:  Dr. Josh replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for asking follow up question.

Fainting , called as syncope is caused by a temporary reduction in blood flow to the brain.

It occur when brain doesn't gets enough blood flow and one lose consciousness.
Usually a slow heart rate causes a drop in blood pressure, this reduces the blood flow to the brain. Possible causes are-

-Emotional distress,
-Heart disease (decreased blood flow to the heart or irregular heart rhythm),
-Low blood sugar,
-Seizures,
-Panic attacks,
-Blood pressure imbalance.

A clinical examination and tests have to be done for precise diagnosis. He need to undergo these tests- EKG, Blood pressure monitoring, Blood sugar test, Cardiac examination, Exercise stress test.

Please see GP tomorrow and this issue evaluated.

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I have already rated y


ou & paid a bonus. Thanks.

Expert:  Dr. Josh replied 1 year ago.
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