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Abnormal EKG, sinus bradycardia, CT scan shows inflamed lymph nodes. Related?

HI, I had an EKG performed on me during a physical exam as a result of a change in blood pressure. The EKG came back abnormal and it turns out that it is sinus bradycardia . I am a somewhat active 38 year old male that I ride my bike to work everyday (18 miles round trip) and I go to the gym once or twice a week to include some advanced hiking (8+ miles) on the weekends. It appears that the bradycardia could be as a result of my activity levels but several years ago I had a CT scan done as a result of abdomonal pain and they found that I have enflammed lymphnodes . They tested me for lymphoma which involved a bone aspiration but everything came back negative. Do you think that the bradycardia and the enflammed lymphnodes are related?
Asked On : Sat, 27 Oct 2012
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Cardiologist 's  Response
sinus bradycardia without any problem like giddiness or syncope is not harmful
in train athlets sinus bradycardia is physiological
in your case also i feel its a physiological sinus bradycardia
just do one thyroid test to rule out hypothyroid state as it also can cause sinus bradycardia
and ya inflammed lymph nodes several years ago, i dont think it will cause bradycardia
take care
Answered: Tue, 30 Oct 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Sourav Chakraborty's  Response
Hello beddygood , greetings from

I have gone through your case scenario and i believe it is very unlikely that your bradycardia has any active relation with your inflamed lymph nodes. Also inflammed lymph nodes are most commonly secondary to infective pathology and most of the times it get resolved when the infection is controlled , so if you don't experience the abdominal pain on a regular basis like you had earlier have felt, you need not worry . Regarding your bradycardia you have not mentioned the rate they have found for you. Normally heart rate less than 60 beats per minutes is known as sinus bradycardia, sometimes general population do have sinus bradycardia in the range of 50 to 59 beats per minutes and do not suffer from any obvious disease , which might be the case for you . Some athletes do they have sinus bradycardia but their myocardial reserve is high or in other words their heart needs to work less to pump blood than a normal individual. I do believe it is always better to get evaluated by a cardiologist and if necessary get a echocardiogram done for your heart to rule out structural abnormality if any. Hope i have been able to clear your doubts. Take care.
Answered: Tue, 30 Oct 2012
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