Bradycardia

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Bradycardia is when the heart beats slower than normal. The heart during bradycardia beats slower than 60 times a minute which can be a problem because the heart is not pumping enough oxygen rich blood to the vital organs.

Causes:

Bradycardia can be caused by

  • Heart tissue damage or infection
  • Complication from heart surgery
  • Imbalance of chemicals in the blood
  • Medications for rhythm disorder, high blood pressure, and psychosis

Symptoms:

Bradycardia means that the patient’s organs are not getting enough oxygen which could be causing these symptoms

  • Near fainting or fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pains
  • Memory issues
  • Easily tiring during physical activity

Imaging and Diagnostics:

There are many ways for the cardiologist to diagnose bradycardia by using imaging tests to diagnose the condition. Listed below are imaging tests the doctor may have performed on the patient to properly diagnose bradycardia

  • Electrocardiogram
  • Holter monitor
  • Blood tests

Treatments:

Treatments for bradycardia vary depending on the severity of the symptoms. The doctor may suggest certain treatments

  • Change in medications
  • Pacemaker

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