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July 22, 2012 9:10 AM
I was just curious if a pulse rate of less than 60 Bpm is normal and or healthy, recently my resting pulse rate has been between 48 and 55 bpm . I had weight loss surgery back in November and have lost over 140 pounds , right now I exercise about 5 to 6 days a week, doing about 30 to 45 minutes of cardio work a day . I'm just frwKing out a little cause I was used to my rate being above 70 bpm. I'm thinking about making an appointment with my doctor.
Edited by RamTX22 On July 22, 2012 9:11 AM
July 22, 2012 9:12 AM
All I've read is that an elevated RHR is a sign of overtraining, and that a low RHR is a sign of good health (an efficient cardiovascular system), and that it's largely genetic. But I think a call to your doctor's office to see if a visit is warranted would be a great idea.
July 31, 2012 12:39 PM
I agree it's best to speak to your doc, just to be sure.

Having said that, for the past two months I've been working out 4-6 days/week either circuit training with weights and cardio or running (2-3 miles) and my resting pulse has dropped from ~72 to ~50. Sometimes it's as low as 45.

44 yrs
5'11"
211 lbs. (have lost about 12)
Bodyfat percentage is dropping too!

Good luck and congrats on your healthy lifestyle.
Edited by disasterman On July 31, 2012 12:40 PM
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July 31, 2012 12:41 PM
See your Dr. Below 60 is not ideal (as per my conversation with my Dr. last time around)...he said they reeeeeaaallly want to see it over 60. Mine is always in the 60s and has only dipped below a couple of times so we've not had to do anything about it yet.
July 31, 2012 12:48 PM
Cardio leads to a lower pulse rate as the system becomes more efficient and the heart is able to pump a larger volume of blood with each beat. Mine is usually 39-40 when I first wake up in the morning. Before I started running again it was in the 60s.

Another cause of a low pulse rate is heart disease.

SInce you can link your lowered pulse rate directly to weight loss and increased exercise I expect it is an artifact of a stronger heart and more developed cardiovascular system. To be absolutely sure though you would have to be tested by a Dr.
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July 31, 2012 4:45 PM
http://www.topendsports.com/testing/heart-rate-resting-chart.htm

this is one site to see a chart...many variables go into it. I usually have a resting heart rate below 60 and feel great. Of course I have been doing tons of cardio and running lately too
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July 31, 2012 4:50 PM
QUOTE:

See your Dr. Below 60 is not ideal (as per my conversation with my Dr. last time around)...he said they reeeeeaaallly want to see it over 60. Mine is always in the 60s and has only dipped below a couple of times so we've not had to do anything about it yet.


Mine's 52 (I run, bike etc) and my cardiologist was ecstatic. In the absence of heart disease a low resting heart rate is a good thing, many highly trained endurance athletes have RHRs in the 40s.
July 31, 2012 6:15 PM
Mine is 40, my doc loves it. It's a good thing if it is because of exercise and a strong cardiovascular system.
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July 31, 2012 6:26 PM
I get worried when mine is OVER 50. I believe there are a few cyclists who's RHR is in the low 30's.
July 31, 2012 6:34 PM
I am 40 and my resting heart rate before beginning my journey was in the 80s... One month in and my Resting heart rate averages about 63... I just did my first physical with my dr and she was very happy.
I agree if you have questions, please, seek the advice of your DR. Best wishes and Healthy Life!!!
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