My Dad has had a pacemake for 3 1/2 years, now he has low heart rate
My Dad is 89, had a packmaker put in , in July of 2017. Other than being in the hosipital pre pacemaker, where heart rate would drop briefly to 40, then back into the 70s, his heart rate when he checked his bp would be somewhere between uppder 60s and around 80.
well, last night, he wasn't feeling that good, checked his BP, and saw a pulse of 56. Tried my meter on his other arm and got 52! He started to feel a little better in the enening (we did put in a call from his PM card and they called back evntually, she didn't seem too concerned, said to call back or go to e.r. if it dropped into the 40s)
the thing is, I could swear the sharp tech we saw for a few years (didn't see her the last 2 checkups) said their was a built in floor of say mid upper 60s for heart rate....does that sound right? I've been searching on the web, and keep finding folks with low hear rates , that are of course marathon runners with pacemakers, not my dad! He is in pretty ok condition, all things considered, rides a stationary bike most nights, but never had this low a number that we can recall. and he wasn't feeling great yesterday.
Just has to happen as the weekend comes, right?
EDIT, forgot to mention, he did that home test, and that meter gave a green check on the pacemaker. and his pulse is still in the 50s today (he has some congestion today, but not really like he has a cold)