Potential symptoms and causes of a slow heartbeat
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Getting the care you need starts with seeing one of our heart or vascular specialists.
A normal heart rate is 60 to 100 beats per minute. If your heart is beating fewer than 60 beats per minute, you might be experiencing bradycardia, a type of arrhythmia.
Although a slow heart rate may be considered normal for some young adults or athletes, it can be a serious health concern. The physicians in our Cardiac Electrophysiology Program are highly trained advanced subspecialists who manage even the most complex arrhythmias.
When your heart beats slowly, it may not pump enough oxygenated blood through your body. This can cause symptoms including:
Age is the major risk factor for bradycardia, but people of all ages who have heart tissue damage caused by heart disease or heart attack may experience the condition. Certain types of medication used to treat heart conditions also may lower your heart rate. See your doctor right away if you think you are experiencing bradycardia.
We are leaders in developing and using the latest procedures and technologies to treat heart rhythm disorders, and our cardiac electrophysiology laboratory is one of the most sophisticated in North America.
An echocardiogram uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of your heart.
An electrocardiogram, also known as an ECG, measures the heart’s electrical activity.
Electrophysiology testing is used to evaluate the cause and location of an abnormal heartbeat (known an an arrhythmia).
An event monitor is a small device that records the heart’s electrical activity. It’s similar to an electrocardiogram, but where an electrocardiogram takes place over a few minutes, an event monitor measures heart rhythms over a much longer time.
A Holter monitor is a small device that records the heart’s electrical activity. It’s similar to an electrocardiogram, but whereas an electrocardiogram records over a few minutes, a Holter monitor records over the course of a day or two.
A loop recorder is a device that’s implanted underneath the skin of your chest to record your heart rhythm for up to three years.
Stress tests are used to assess how your heart works during physical activity. There are several types of stress tests, including treadmill or bike stress tests, nuclear stress tests, stress echocardiograms and chemically induced stress tests.
Tilt table testing allows your doctor to determine the cause of explained fainting while monitoring changes in your blood pressure and heart rate while tilted at different angles.
Our heart and vascular teams work together and with other specialties to develop and implement individualized plans to treat bradycardia. This could include lifestyle modifications, medication or more advanced treatments.
A pacemaker is a device that helps control various types of heart rhythm disorders.