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Can You Live Long With Bradycardia
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
Unclear: Not sure what you are asking. "end stage bradycardia" is a symptom not a primary diagnosis in otherwise healthy adults, childrens or infants. ...Read more
Told I need a pacemaker to treat bradycardia. Recently found out I've had long term exposure to mold. Could that be the cause of the bradycardia?
Low likelihood: It's possible for toxins to cause that symptom and certain molds are among the ones considered, but correction efforts are your issue now. It's good to avoid mold! Now, follow the treatment plan to deal w/ your heart. Unless you have an air-tight, high $ law suit re the mold - the causes are not foremost now. ...Read more
I have sinus bradycardia at rest of 48-60. Am I at risk of developing Long Qt or Long Qt if I take certain drugs?
QT interval is heart: Rate dependent. QTc corrects for this to some extent. Many drugs can cause QT prolongation but usually in individuals with a genetic predisposition. Is there a family history of sudden death? Other members with QT prolongation? These would increase your risk. If not, your risk is relatively low like the general population regardless of your minimal bradycardia. Discuss your concerns with your MD. ...Read more
Is there a long-term (30-day) version of an EEG that can see if someone has seizures? I've had mild to severe episodes of near-syncope, with occasional bradycardia/sensations of pauses, followed by shaking. So far nothing has really explained it.
Cardiology: It's far more likely that you have a cardiac issue rather than an epileptic issue. Have your PCP send you to a heart doctor for further evaluation and potential longer term cardiac monitoring. ...Read more
My ECG and blood work are normal but my resting heart can get as low as 41 when sitting. Can a prolonged sedentary lifestyle cause bradycardia?
Dysautonomia - MVP: Possibly due to low resting energy requirements. You may have dysautonomia which is associated with mitral valve prolapse syndrome - neither are usually life threatening but both cause patients anxiety about their symptoms. Read dr. Richard hoffman's book on mvp on amazon. Com. Increase fluid intake, try magnesium supplements. ...Read more
My heart rate is 52. I also take Zoloft (sertraline). Sertraline and bradycardia can both induce Long QT and torsades de pointes. How can I mitigate my risk?
Prolonged bed rest cause bradycardia? I have depression and become inactive resting heart rate goes down 42 nrml cardio wrk up and no symptoms.
Prolonged bed rest: Gives you lots of time to think and perhaps over-think you situation. Please do what your doc asks and consider using a book based on cognitive therapy called "Feeling Good" by David Burns. It can help w.this and beyond. Peace and good health. ...Read more
What is preferred/tolerable for anxiety, ocd, panic disorder - Lexapro (escitalopram) or Zoloft? I have bradycardia worried about long qt from drugs, raised BP, etc.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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