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After I gave birth on 12/18/2012 my heartrate went from 80s to mid to low 50s with dizzyness. It hurts my chest when it beats slow. Why is this happening and is it normal postpartum?

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Hello Tanya,

Dizziness may be caused by over breathing.  Pay attention to your breathing when you're dizzy and breathe slowly ad shallowly.  If dizziness occurs only when you're standing, it may be that your blood pressure is getting to low.  Get your BP measured seated and then standing quietly for 1,3 and 5 minutes.  If it goes below 85, that's the cause of your dozziness.   When your heart beats slowly it also makes a big beat big enough to rub the chest wall and cause your chest to hurt.  All this sounds normal at any time, including post partum.

Please write back if this doesn’t answer all your questions.

David Richardson

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David Richardson

Expertise

Adult heart function and disease. Not very good about children lesss than 12. Hypertension is o.k. Heart rhythm a special interest.

Experience

Certified in cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Was chairman of division of cardiology at the Medical College of Virginia. Am now mostly retired.

Organizations
Fellow of American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology and member of American Physiological Society..

Publications
Circulation, American Heart Journal, Hypertension.

Education/Credentials
M.D. from Harvard Medical School. Residency training at Yale Uhniversity School of Medicine and Medical College of Virginia.

Awards and Honors
Gold Heartt Award from American Heart Association in 1995.

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