|Slow Heart Beat or Bradycardia|
|Slow Heart Beat or in medical terms called Bradycardia means that your heart beats very slowly. When the heart beats slower, then the body does not receive the optimum blood and can prove to be fatal for the patient. For most people, a heart rate of 60 to 100 beats a minute, while at rest, is considered normal. If your heart beats less than 60 times a minute, your doctor may diagnose bradycardia. |
In other people, bradycardia is a sign of a problem with the heart’s electrical system. It means that the heart's natural pacemaker is not working right or that the electrical pathways of the heart are disrupted. In severe forms of bradycardia, the heart beats so slowly that it does not pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. This can be life-threatening.
Slow Heart Beat or Bradycardia can be caused by :
|What are the symptoms ?|
|A very slow heart rate may cause you to : |
|How is bradycardia diagnosed ?|
Your doctor may be able to diagnose bradycardia by doing a physical exam, asking questions about your past health, and doing an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG). An EKG measures the electrical signals that control heart rhythm, so it is the best test for bradycardia. But bradycardia often comes and goes, so a standard EKG done in the doctor’s office may not find it. An EKG can identify bradycardia only if you are actually having it during the test.
|How is it treated ?|
|How bradycardia is treated depends on what is causing it. Treatment also depends on the symptoms. If bradycardia does not cause symptoms, it usually is not treated. |
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