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What is the pathophysiology of sick sinus syndrome?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Sick sinus: Sick sinus syndrome refers to pathology of the sinus node of the heart which is the natural pacemaker that regulates heart rate. When this node malfunctions the heart rate can become abnormally slow or actually paradoxically lead to atrial dysrhythmias causing very rapid rhythm abnormalities such as atrial fibrillation. Occasionally patients go back and forth from too slow to rapid rhythms.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

What is sick sinus syndrome?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Heart rate problem: Sick sinus syndrome is a vague medical term referring to a problem with the heart's sinus rhythm. It can include rhythms that are too fast, too slow, irregular, or all of the above. If symptomatic, it is often treated with a pacemaker. It can be a symptom of aging, or of a deeper problem. Definitely, get it checked out asap.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

How is sick sinus syndrome treated?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Pacemaker if severe: Sometimes medications can help, but problems often progress to a point where a pacemaker is needed.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How do you diagnose sick sinus syndrome?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
EKG/event monitor: Sick sinus requires a good, thorough history, physical exam, and cardiac electrical and functional diagnostic studies.

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