Bradycardia is an abnormally slow heart beat of less than 60 beats per minute.
A normal rate in adults is usually between 60 and 100 beats per minute.
Some people who have slow heart beats are completely healthy, such as athletes whose exercise regimen improves their heart’s ability to pump blood efficiently.
In other people, however, the heart beats so slowly that the body does not get enough blood and oxygen to function properly.
In serious cases, bradycardia can cause:
The UPMC Cardiac Electrophysiology Program is the largest in western Pennsylvania and one of the largest in the United States.
We treat cardiac arrhythmias, such as bradycardia, and other heart disorders associated with a high risk of sudden death.
Aging, medications, or an existing heart condition may cause bradycardia.
In addition to an abnormally slow heart rate, symptoms of bradycardia may include:
During your physical exam, your doctor will:
Following your exam, your doctor may order additional tests and procedures, such as:
Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to expect your test results and will call you when they're available.
Bradycardia treatment depends on your test results.
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