An abnormally slow heart rate. Thresholds for different age, gender, and patient populations exist

Symptoms of Bradycardia

The following features are indicative of Bradycardia:
  • fainting
  • dizziness
  • lightheadedness
  • fatigue
  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • confusion
  • getting easily tired during physical activity
It is possible that Bradycardia shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Bradycardia

The following are the most common causes of Bradycardia:
  • heart tissue damage related to aging
  • congenital heart defect
  • myocarditis
  • hypothyroidism
  • obstructive sleep apnea

Risk Factors for Bradycardia

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Bradycardia:
  • older adults
  • high blood pressure
  • smoking
  • heavy alcohol use
  • recreational drug use
  • psychological stress

Prevention of Bradycardia

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Bradycardia. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • exercise and eat a healthy diet
  • maintain a healthy weight
  • keep blood pressure and cholesterol under control
  • don't use recreational drugs
  • don't smoke

Occurrence of Bradycardia

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Bradycardia cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Bradycardia can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Bradycardia can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Bradycardia

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Bradycardia:
  • Electrocardiogram: To evaluate bradycardia
  • Blood tests: To screen for conditions such as an infection, hypothyroidism or an electrolyte imbalance

Doctor for Diagnosis of Bradycardia

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Bradycardia:
  • Cardiologist

Complications of Bradycardia if untreated

Yes, Bradycardia causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Bradycardia is left untreated:
  • frequent fainting spells
  • inability of the heart to pump enough blood
  • sudden cardiac arrest

Procedures for Treatment of Bradycardia

The following procedures are used to treat Bradycardia:
  • Pacemaker: To monitor heart rate and generate electrical impulses to maintain an appropriate rate

Self-care for Bradycardia

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Bradycardia:
  • Exercise: Keep heart healthy lifestyle
  • Avoid smoking: Helps preventing the condition to worsen

Patient Support for Treatment of Bradycardia

The following actions may help Bradycardia patients:
  • Talk to cardiologist: Provides coordinated, comprehensive care

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Bradycardia.

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