Bradycardia occurs when the heart rate becomes too slow. This can occur due to multiple causes including but not limited to aging of the heart’s electrical conduction system, scarring of the heart, coronary artery disease, hypothyroidism, electrolyte imbalances, and the effect of drugs.
What are the symptoms of bradycardia?
The symptoms of bradycardia may include chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue, and fainting.
How is bradycardia diagnosed?
Bradycardia is diagnosed based on the history, physical exam, ECG/EKG, and the results of heart monitoring.
How is bradycardia treated?
Depending on how severe the bradycardia is, and what part of the heart’s electrical conduction system it is affecting, bradycardia may sometimes be monitored and at other times may require the implantation of a permanent pacemaker. A permanent pacemaker is a device that is implanted within the heart and prevents the heart rate from going too slow.
To make an appointment with our Hannibal Regional cardiac electrophysiologist, please call (573) 629-3500.
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