Bradycardia refers to a slow heart rate. If you’re an athlete, you may not need treatment for bradycardia; you may simply have a powerful heart and very high blood oxygenation. Some professional athletes demonstrate a resting heart rate as low as 28 beats per minute! On the other hand, if your resting heart rate is under 60 beats a minute and you experience other symptoms, such as dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, then you should obtain a professional diagnosis as well as treatment. This is especially the important since a slow heart rate can lead to heart problems if the heart isn’t receiving enough oxygenated blood. In this case, acupuncture can prove very valuable in helping the heart maintain its strength and possibly prevent the need to future surgical intervention.