Our expert says:
Hi Mariaan. Usually a low resting heart rate is a sign of a healthy heart, and people with low heart rates on average live longer than those with high rates. It is unlikely that your low heart rate is in any way responsible for your tiredness.
Of more concern is your history of clots in the lung after a minor operation, and your mildly reduced lung function. Young women who have had clots in the lung should not be using oral contraception, and if you are a smoker it would be very important to stop that as well. You should also have a blood test to see whether your blood has any abnormal tendency to clot.
My advice would be to see a pulmonologist (respiratory physician) for an opinion about your tiredness, your lungs and your clotting function, plus you should see your gynae or GP for advice about alternative forms of contraception.
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