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Can I die from bradycardia if I ignore it?

Can I die from bradycardia if I ignore it?

Anything is possible: But it's not likely. Bradycardia is defined as a heart rate <60. Heart rates of >50 are well tolerated by everyone. Heart rates of 40-50 during wakefulness sometimes cause fatigue. Sustained heart rates of <40 usually cause unacceptable fatigue and breathlessness. Pauses of > 3-5 seconds may cause dizziness. Pauses of > 5 seconds often cause blackouts. Pauses of > 2 minutes may cause death. ...Read more

Dr. Kerrie Pinkney
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Slow Heart Rate (Definition)

Slow heart rate, also called bradycardia, is defined as a resting heart rate (pulse) less than 60 beats per minute. Having a heart rate less than 60 is not necessarily abnormal. In fact, people in good cardiovascular shape have a low heart rate. People with certain heart conditions may take medications which lower the heart rate as one of ...Read more


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What is bradycardia?

What is bradycardia?

Bradycardia: Bradycardia is a heart rate less than 60 beats per minute by definition. There are many kinds of bradycardia. ...Read more

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Is bradycardia dangerous?

Is bradycardia dangerous?

Possibly: Severe bradycardia can be dangerous, especially with heart rates approaching 30 or less. Symptoms can develop with heart rates below 50. Cause of bradycardia and rhythm should be determined. ...Read more

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Does bradycardia progress?

Does bradycardia progress?

Sometimes: It depends on the situation. In young people, it is quite common to have a low heart rate (to a point), mostly due to high vagal tone or a strong parasympathetic nervous system. Most concerning would be if it was associated with dizziness or episodes of passing out. ...Read more

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Why does bradycardia happen?

Why does bradycardia happen?

Bradycardia: Bradycardia, in adults (not in children) is defined as heart rate slower than 60 beats per minutes. It can be perfectly normal in people who are athletic. For example, marathon runners can have resting heart rate in 40s or even lower. It is, generally, pathological, if it leads to symptoms of dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting. If it causes extreme symptoms, a pacemaker is needed. ...Read more

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Can bradycardia cause syncope?

Can bradycardia cause syncope?

Yes: Syncope is loss of consciousness due to transitory decline in blood flow to brain. This can be caused by irregular heart rate or rhythm or by alteration of blood volume or distribution. ...Read more

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What are causes of bradycardia?

What are causes of bradycardia?

It depends: Bradycardia indicates that the heart rate is too slow (< 60 BPM in adults). It may be associated with a normal electrical impulse (such as sinus bradycardia in a well-trained athlete or during sleep) or an arrhythmia (abnormal electrical impulse). Some of the more common abnormal rhythms associated with bradycardia include atrioventricular block, sick sinus syndrome, and junctional rhythm. ...Read more

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What is symptomatic bradycardia?

Bradycardia: When the heart rate is slow enough to cause lightheadedness, weakness, fatigue, and perhaps shortness of breath, the bradycardia is symptomatic. ...Read more

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What does marked bradycardia mean?

What does marked bradycardia mean?

HR < 50: Bradycardia is defined as heart rate less than 60 bpm. I don't know if there is a formal definition of severe bradycardia, but I would consider bradycardia severe if the heart rate was less than 50. ...Read more

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Is bradycardia harmful on the body?

Is bradycardia harmful on the body?

Not usually: Only if accompanied by symptoms like enervation, dizziness, shortness of breath. If naturally occurring (no heart rhythm disturbance or medication adverse effect) and no symptoms, probably would simply observe. Otherwise, underlying conditions need to be sought and treated accordingly. Some may require a pacemaker if symptomatic and not responsive to conservative therapy. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of bradycardia?

What is the meaning of bradycardia?

Bradycardia: Bradycardia is slow heart rate.....less than 60 beats a minute is bradycardia ...Read more

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What is the meaning of bradycardia?

Bradycardia: Bradycardia is slow heart rate.....less than 60 beats a minute is bradycardia ...Read more

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What does bradycardia do in a child?

What does bradycardia do in a child?

Depends: Children and especially infants tend to have a faster heart rate than adults. The importance of bradycardia depends on how slow the heart rate is and on the cause. The heart rate varies in normal adults or children. So a slow heart rate may have no significance. Then again, a very slow heart rate may be a sign that something is wrong especially if associated with symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the effects of bradycardia?

Bradycardia: This is simply a slow heart rate. In an athlete it can be normal, in a sick individual it can mean there are severe underlying issues. The bradycardia is usually a symptom of something else. If it is primary, coming from a heart that is beating to slowly for no outside reason then it could cause dizziness, lightheadedness, fatigue or tiredness. If you have bradycardia you might need an eval. ...Read more

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Do any medications cause bradycardia?

Do any medications cause bradycardia?

Yes: A number of medications can cause bradycardia including beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, antiarrhythmic medication, and digoxin. ...Read more

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What does bradycardia do in the body?

What does bradycardia do in the body?

Slow Heart Rate: Bradycardia is a slow heart rate. This can have effects on some people when this slow heart rate means that their body does not receive enough oxygen rich blood. For other people, bradycardia does not cause symptoms or complications. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for bradycardia?

What do you recommend for bradycardia?

Nothing or a lot: Not all bradycardia is bad. Some people have resting heart rates that are low without any symptoms. But if its low, the rhythm has bad features, and or the patient is symptomatic, many things need to be considered. What medicines the patient is on, any underlying heart disease, maybe a pacemaker. There are many things to consider for a proper treatment plan. ...Read more

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When is bradycardia harmful to the body?

When is bradycardia harmful to the body?

It depends: Some people can tolerate a heart rate of 40 without problems especially athletes, however any heart rate less than 60 accompanied by symptoms of dizzyness, syncope or fatigue is considered harmful and may necessitate a pacemaker. ...Read more

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When is bradycardia useful for the body?

When is bradycardia useful for the body?

Angina pectoris: Most coronary blood flow occurs during diastole (when the heart is at rest). For patients with blocked arteries and chest pain, slowing the heart rate prolongs diastole allowing more time for blood to get to the heart. Beta blockers are used to slow the heart rate and are effective in controlling chest pain. ...Read more

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What can relieve symptoms of bradycardia?

A pacemaker: If people have symptomatic bradycardia ie dizzy light headedness etc. The may need a pacemaker. If pts heart rates are low around 30 beats per minute or have 3sec pauses or longer and aren't on any thing like beta blockers etc a pacemaker will help keep the heart rate at a programmed rate to prevent symptoms. ...Read more

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What herbs are good to treat bradycardia?

Bradycardia: If not symptomatic doesn't need to be treated. If symptomatic don't think i'd trust an herbal preparation with no rigorous data to support it. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of relative bradycardia?

Fatigue: Shortened of breath, lightheartedness or passing out. ...Read more

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What is the most common cause of bradycardia?

Medication: A slow heart rate can be normal in fit individuals at rest. Many medications, notably beta blockers, slow the heart rate. A slow heart rate can also be due to disease of the av node, which conducts impulses from the atria to the ventricles. This can be due to scarring from heart attack or aging, and is seen in some infections such as lyme disease and chagas disease. ...Read more

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Please advise what is bradycardia (bad/good)?

Heart rate: Bradycardia means low heart rate. It is all in context - ex 70 yo who is frequently dizzy vs someone sleeping vs an athlete. Of course one had to remember that drugs are often intended to lower heart rate - a common cause. ...Read more

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What are the chances of bradycardia returning?

100%: Bradycardia just means "heart rate <60". It will return in all human beings at some point, guaranteed; generally every night for most folks. Nothing wrong with that! ...Read more

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How long will someone survive with bradycardia?

How long will someone survive with bradycardia?

Bradycardia: Just means heart rate lower than 60bpm. This does not affect longevity. ...Read more

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Who is the most common sufferers of bradycardia?

Who is the most common sufferers of bradycardia?

Old people: The conducting system (like electricle wiring) of the heart tends to wear out as you get older so that it is the older patients who most commonly have bradycardia severe enough to cause problems. Slow pulse can be seen in younger patients such as from lyme disease. Less commonly, heart attacks can be the cause. Healthy athletes can get a slow pulse but they are fine, no suffering. ...Read more

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Should I still go to work if I have bradycardia?

Should I still go to work if I have bradycardia?

Depends on cause: It depends on what is causing bradycardia and how sever it is. In general it is a good idea to address heart related health problems asap. ...Read more