Bradycardia is a slow heart rate. If your heart beats too slowly, it can't supply your body with enough blood. This can make you weak or dizzy. Or it may make you pass out.
Sometimes medicine can cause this problem. If this happens, your doctor may have you adjust one of your medicines. If a medicine is not the problem, your doctor may recommend a pacemaker.
It is important to treat bradycardia so that you don't get more serious health problems. Your doctor will want to see you on a routine schedule to make sure that your heartbeat is normal.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
If you have a pacemaker, you will get more specific information about it. Be sure to:
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: April 3, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & John M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
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