Treatment Options for Bradycardia, or Slow Heartbeats
When you are diagnosed with a slow heart rate or bradycardia, it means that you have a resting heart rate of under 60 beats per minute (for an adult). Your doctor may recommend that you receive a pacemaker. This is a battery-operated cardiac device that your doctor will implant surgically.
A pacemaker can help your heart maintain a normal, healthy rhythm.
Essentially a minicomputer, a pacemaker functions to replace the work of your heart’s natural pacemaker, the sinus node. With a pacemaker’s help, your heart can maintain a normal, healthy rhythm so it can circulate the amount of blood needed to meet your body’s need.
Other bradycardia treatment options
Depending on your symptoms and the severity of your bradycardia, your doctor may recommend a treatment other than pacemaker implantation. He or she may consider prescribing medication or suggest that you make certain lifestyle changes to help make your heart beat normally. If you already take medication that slows your heart rate, your doctor may simply adjust the dosage to relieve your symptoms. Read more about other nondevice bradycardia treatments.
Learn why treating cardiac arrhythmias is important from the American Heart Association.
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