Bradycardia

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Definition

Bradycardia is a condition wherein heart rate slows down to less than 60 beats per minute. A healthy heart normally beats between 60 and 100 beats per minute to provide sufficient oxygenated blood to the body.

Diagnosis

Bradycardia is typically diagnosed when a distinctly slower pulse or low blood pressure is detected during a physical exam. For treatment purposes, physicians will most likely attempt to identify the underlying conditions using the following diagnostic tools: electrocardiogram (ECG); event monitor; and blood tests.

Treatment

Bradycardia treatment depends on the cause and the patient's symptoms. Asymptomatic patients may be simply monitored for possible complications over time. Treatment for symptomatic patients typically involve: targeting the underlying condition; implanting a pacemaker; as well as using medications such as beta-blockers.

Symptoms and Signs

Bradycardia is a condition wherein heart rate slows down to less than 60 beats per minute. A healthy heart normally beats between 60 and 100 beats per minute to provide sufficient oxygenated blood to the body.

Causes

Bradycardia may be caused by either a malfunction in the heart's natural pacemaker (called the sinus node) or by a disruption of the electrical impulse that signal the atria to contract.

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