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Could I have sick sinus syndrome? 

I had some chest pain that started while deployed in Afghanistan. I have since had more than a few tests that have all pretty much come back as normal. What I had noticed is that my heart rate is now slower than it used to be. Was normal around 60-70, and now hangs out around the 50's and sometimes in the 40's when relaxing. I also remember episodes of feeling like I was falling, and once caught that feeling on an EKG, which had a corresponding drop in heart rate to the 30's for a couple of seconds, then returned to normal. That particular feeling had happened lots of times. Have not had it for quite a while though. Heart rate remains slow, have dizzy feelings often and PVC's. Can this be Sick Sinus Syndrome? Docs have said I am just in good shape. I exercise often, but am about 20 pounds overweight, and do not do a large amount of cardio work.

submitted by John from Fort Lewis, Washington on 9/21/2012

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Mehdi Razavi, MD     Mehdi Razavi, MD

It depends what your definition of "falling" is.  If you felt faint and the rate was 30 then you need further investigation. Otherwise I would not be too concerned about the numbers, again, if there is no clear correlation with any symptomology.  Good Luck.        

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