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Resting Heart Rate FAQ

A normal resting heart rate can range anywhere from 40 to 100 beats per minute. We have a chart generally relating resting heart rate and fitness level for different age groups. There are many factors other than fitness which may account for variations in heart rate such as medications, illness and stress. Below are some common questions about resting heart rate.

If you have any concerns at all about the functioning of your heart, you should consult a doctor who can examine you personally and give expert opinion.

What are the causes of a low resting heart rate (bradycardia) ?

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What are the causes of a high resting heart rate (tachycardia) ?

My resting heart rate is outside of the normal range - what should I do?

If you have any concerns about your heart, you should be asking your doctor who can take a full history, examine you and give expert opinion. Don't rely on comments and feedback here as medical advice.

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