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Heart rate of 45-47 bpm

is a heart rate of 45-47 bpm normal for a 73 yr. old female or should this be addressed medically?
is a heart rate of 45-47 bpm normal for a 73 yr. old female or should this be addressed medically?
Asked On : Fri, 18 Dec 2009
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It needs to be evaluated by a cardiologist. If the patient is not having any symptoms and the rate itself is regular (no pauses) then possibly they will just monitor her. If she is having dizziness or near syncope, then she may need a pacemaker. The first thing that would need to be considered before everything else would be her current medications. If she is on any rate limiting medications, they will need to either adjust the doses or stop them. (Examples: Metoprolol (Toprol), Atenolol, Carvidelol (Coreg), Cartia, Cardizem, Digoxin/Lanoxin, Dilitazem, Sotalol, and a few more out there.) Then monitor response. It's definitely time to make an appointment though, and have her checked out by a cardiologist. Hope this helps.
Answered: Sun, 20 Dec 2009
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