Treatment Options for Bradycardia

How bradycardia is treated depends on the cause and symptoms you are experiencing.
Medical problems such as hypothyroidism or an electrolyte imbalance or medicines you may be taking can cause a slow heart rate. If this is the cause of your bradycardia, treatment of the medical condition or adjustment of your medication may cure your bradycardia.
The standard treatment if damage to your hearts electrical system is causing your bradycardia  is to implant a pacemaker. For people with bradycardia, this small device can help restore a normal heartbeat. 

Pacemakers

If you have bradycardia, you may be eligible for an implantable heart device called a pacemaker. Pacemakers are small devices that are implanted under the skin, most often below your collarbone on the left or right side of your chest.

A pacemaker contains a battery and computer circuitry in a metal case to correct slow heart rhythms. The pacemaker continuously monitors your heart, and if it detects a slow rhythm problem, it sends out small undetectable electrical signals to correct it. Today's technology lets your doctor monitor and adjust your pacemaker to your specific condition.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 27 Sep 2010

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