How I learned to slow my heart rate

Still as relevant today, as it was when I wrote it in 2010. At my autonomic function testing last week, I was able to lower my pulse rate from 72 bpm to 57 bpm in about 45 seconds. I might have been able to slow it even more, but I ran out of time.

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UPDATE: This post is by far the most popular one on this site, and it has helped a lot of people. (See the comments below to read what they’ve said.) So, I created a whole new site, called How I Slow My Heart Rate where I give more details on the technique and also provide access to a variety of heart monitors and blood pressure cuffs they can use to manage their heart health. Visit the site

I have also written an extended PDF version of this that you can download and save to your computer, tablet, or smartphone. I am currently revising it, to add more information and useful resources. You can learn more about it at How I Slow My Heart Rate

Here is the first version:How I slow down my heart rate (click here to download)

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Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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