Jump to content. Having bradycardia say "bray-dee-KAR-dee-uh" means that your heart beats very slowly. For most people, a heart rate of 60 to beats a minute while at rest is considered normal. If your heart beats less than 60 times a minute, it is slower than normal. A slow heart rate can be normal and healthy. Or it could be a sign of a problem with the heart's electrical system. For some people, a slow heart rate does not cause any problems.
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Learn about normal and irregular heart rates and find out how to check your own pulse. When your heart beats it pushes blood around your body. This heart beat can be felt as your 'pulse' on your wrist or neck. Your pulse is measured by counting the number of times your heart beats in one minute. For example, if your heart contracts 72 times in one minute, your pulse would be 72 beats per minute BPM. This is also called your heart rate. A normal pulse beats in a steady, regular rhythm.
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Bradycardia is a condition typically defined wherein an individual has a resting heart rate of under 60 beats per minute BPM in adults, although some studies use a heart rate of less than 50 BPM. When symptomatic, it may cause fatigue, weakness, dizziness, sweating, and at very low rates, fainting. Highly trained athletes may also have athletic heart syndrome , a very slow resting heart rate that occurs as a sport adaptation and helps prevent tachycardia during training.