I am a 45 year old female in good health/weight with no outstanding health issues. In the last year, I have noticed some bouts with anxiety (racing heart) and also chest tightness, uncomfortable feeling in left arm and “lazy” fingers (middle finger thru pinky). I have not been to a doctor in 10 years. Just went because of worrying about these symptoms and the Dr. did an EKG. Reading came in at 58. I am not by any means an athlete….I would say I am in “average” shape. What would cause the reading to be low? I understand younger people and athletic people have lower EKG’s but I am neither. I am going for a chest X-ray next week….but can’t find a reason online why my reading may be low. Any info would be helpful.
Thanks in advance!
You have a couple of issues:
Heart rate: although a bit slow and if not caused by medication, your doctor needs to decide whether this is caused by heart block, or whether you have a natural slow rate (such as athletes). This one EKG serves as a comparison for others yet to come. He should however be able to tell whether you have some form of heart block, which may or may not require treatment.
Palpitations: read more about them here:
If not caused by your heart, the numbness in your left arm may indicate a problem with your Ulnar nerve. The first thing to determine however, is whether your may have angina type of pains:
Women with coronary artery disease often have atypical symptoms:
You can check your risk here:
Hope this helps,