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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Suggest remedy for heart palpitations?

Is a resting heart rate of 43 beats per minute too low of a heart rate? I am 19 years old, 3rd degree black belt martial artist, run cross country, and participate in rigorous Marine physical training. However, I do not run faster than a 20 minute 3 mile. 20 minutes in 3 miles is somewhat average at my age I believe and I have never trained for or ran a marathon. Very respectfully, Patient C
Fri, 11 Mar 2016
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Hello and thank you for using HCM.
I carefully read your question and I understand you concern but you don't have to worry. This is quite normal.

It is quite known for us in cardiology that young, well trained people does have lower frequencies. We call this "athlete hearts". This does nt mean that you have to be an athlete. As you do regular physical activity, like martial arts and running this means that you are a well trained person and it is quite normal that your heart is adapt and has lower frequencies, even below 50 beat for minute.

Only if you ever feel very tired, if you feel lightheaded or you loose your sense and you find low heart frequency we should worry and make any examination.
Other wise, this is quite normal.
So my opinion as a cardiologist is that you should keep on training. I encourage and complement you.
Hope I was helpful.
Wish you good health. Best
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