What is Bradycardia?

Bradycardia means your heart beats too slowly (usually less than 60 beats per minute) or irregularly affecting the heart's ability to deliver blood throughout your body. That means your brain and other organs might not be getting enough oxygen, leaving you feeling weak or dizzy. If bradycardia is untreated, it can lead to fainting, heart failure, heart attack (sudden cardiac arrest), or sudden death.

SYMPTOMS

The symptoms of bradycardia include feeling dizzy, tired, or weak. Blood carries oxygen through your body and when your heart isn’t pumping enough blood, it can lead to feeling light-headed, especially when exercising or standing up after sitting.

Diagnosis

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Your doctor may order a series of tests to find out what is causing your bradycardia. These could include a blood test, an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), or an exercise test so your doctor can monitor your heart rate during physical activity.

Treatment

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One treatment for bradycardia is a pacemaker. A pacemaker can detect when your heart is beating too slowly and will send a small electrical signal to help your heart get back into its normal rhythm.

Living With

icon_aftercareAfter treatment, you’ll want to know about post-operative care, recovery, and returning to your normal activities.

You’ll also need to know how to protect yourself and your device in certain post-implant situations.

Top Questions

icon_questionsEveryone has questions. We’ve got answers to the ones pacemaker patients ask most.

This list of questions and answers can help you prepare for your next doctor’s consultation and possibly ease unnecessary fears.

Patient Success Story

Meet Steven

“I was very pleasantly surprised at how easy the procedure was. It was done on a Monday, I was released on a Tuesday, and I was back in the office on Wednesday. I have virtually no discomfort at all now, and it’s only been two weeks since my procedure. It’s constantly monitoring me. It’s effortless. I mean, I don’t even think about it.”

WHICH DEVICE?

icon_deviceEvery patient is unique. Answering a few survey questions will help your doctor decide on the best device for you and your lifestyle.

After you complete the quiz, we will provide a printable outline of your responses that can be easily shared with your doctor.

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CHOOSING YOUR PACEMAKER

Not all pacemakers are alike. Get our educational eguide, Choosing Your Pacemaker, and learn what functions are key to choosing the best device for your lifestyle.