Sick Sinus Syndrome

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Definition

Sick sinus syndrome is the abnormal functioning of the sinus node, which is the natural pacemaker of the heart.

Diagnosis

The doctor establishes a connection between the patient's symptoms and an abnormal heart rhythm. The patient may undergo an electrocardiogram, ECG, and electrophysiologic testing.

Treatment

The condition is treated to eliminate or reduce unpleasant symptoms. Individuals bothered by the symptoms may need only regular checkups while others opt for an electronic pacemaker implant.

Symptoms and Signs

The condition may have intermittent signs and symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness or lightheadedness, fainting or near-fainting, shortness of breath, chest pains, trouble sleeping, confusion or difficulty remembering things, and palpitations.

Causes

Diseases and conditions that scar or damage the electrical system of the heart can cause the condition. Age-related wear and tear to the heart muscle are usually the cause of most cases.

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