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Tanya C asked the question in Get the Resting Heart Rate of an athlete

Is it possible to have a resting heart rate that is too low?

My resting HR is currently 48 while sitting here at the computer and internet surfing, I am 44 years old.  If I lay down and totally rest for 15 minutes or so it can be a good deal lower (42 ish).  A male friend made the comment that this was too low.  Is it possible to have a resting heart rate that is too low?

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A low resting heart rate is a sign of a conditioned heart. Your heart pumps THE SAME amount of blood with fewer beats, as it has become a very efficient muscle. It is a good thing, congratulations!

Sports-iqgold Maca P answered Comment

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Thanks for the positive feedback Maca :)

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A real pleasure hun! You've worked for it, don't let your friend make you think it's a bad thing xx

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Hi Tanya, I think your friend is referring to blood pressure which is not the same as heart rate.

Some athletes have been know to have heart rates in the low 30's and one tour de france rider had a resting heart rate of 28!

Blood pressure however needs to be within a certain range to be healthy and can be too low or too high.

Your low resting heart rate is actually a good thing, it means you have a strong heart and that you're very healthy.

You can find out more here - 

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/AboutHighBloodPressure/Blood-Pressure-vs-Heart-Rate_UCM_301804_Article.jsp

Sports-iqgold Jack A answered Comment

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Thanks for your great answer Jack. I will check out that link.

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That seems like a fine (powerful) heart rate, so don't worry about it! It is, however, possible to have a resting heart rate that is too low. That rate is 0, which is bad. Lots of people end up with that rate, but it is because they are dead.

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You seem to be quite fit, resting heart rate below 50 during the day time when not moveing much is very good..... Best time to measure your RHR is early morning on the bed when you are up.   Take it down 3 consecutive days and the slowest is your actual heart rate.

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Well done on a super fit RHR!

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I'm _not_ a doctor, but at the best of my knowledge, there's not a 100% correct answer for your question. You could be (slightly to moderately) bradycardic because of some hearth problem, or because you're very healthy and trained and you have made a lot of cardio fitness, which decreases the hearth rate. By the way, the hearth rate is usually related to your efficiency in using oxygen, but not necessarly a slower HR means that you can perform better than someone with a higher one.  Personally, I vary between 48 and 54, depending on the period of the day, and I do not feel worried for this, since I know it depends on my trainings (it was 70-75 two years ago). Anyway, 42 would push me to go to my doctor for asking, why not ?

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