Bradycardia is used to describe a heart rate that is lower than expected, specifically less than 60 beats per minute. It is a form of arrhythmia, which is an abnormal heart rate.
A slower heart rate is not necessarily bad, especially when at rest or if you are in good physical health, and bradycardia may not always be a sign of bodily distress. It can result from a high level of fitness, meditative breathing, or even sleep.
However, bradycardia may also result from a family history of slow heart rate or be a side effect of certain medications. It can become a serious problem if the heart isn’t pumping enough blood. Aging, smoking, and high blood pressure increase your risk of developing bradycardia.
In many people, bradycardia may show virtually no symptoms unless the body begins to feel the effects of poor blood flow. Signs that your body isn’t getting enough blood include:
Bradycardia can be difficult to identify because the heart may go in and out of abnormal rhythms. Your doctor will perform an EKG to monitor your heart’s patterns, ask about your symptoms, and discuss your lifestyle and family history.
Depending on the severity of your symptoms and condition, your doctor may suggest changes to any medications you are taking or possibly a pacemaker to regulate your heartbeat.
The cardiology and vascular specialists at CardioVascular Health Center are experienced in the full spectrum of heart arrhythmias and committed to providing you with the best care possible. We use only the latest technology in our state-of-the-art facilities to diagnose, treat, and prevent heart conditions that impede your quality of life.
Don’t wait another day. If you are concerned you or a loved one may be experiencing a slower than normal heart rate, or are feeling any of the symptoms of bradycardia, call CardioVascular Health Clinic today at (405) 701-9880 to schedule an appointment or visit our website.
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