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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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Dr. Kerrie Pinkney
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Slow Heart Rate (Definition)

Slow heart rate is a symptom in which a person's heart rate (the number of heart contractions per minute) is less than normal for the average person of the same size, doing the same activities. For adults, slow heart rate usually means a rate below 50-60 beats per ...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 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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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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Is it harmful to take sleep aids if you have bradycardia?

Sleep and Brady: Most otc sleep aids have antihistamines which can prolong qtc interval on the ekg causing torsades which can cause suddent heart attack or rhythm problems, so you would be increasing risk of heart attack, and cognitive issues. ...Read more

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Dysautonomia body over vasoconstricts in the brain causing reflex bradycardia and light headedness, midodrine makes worse, florinef (fludrocortisone) lowers k. Help!

Dysautonomia body over vasoconstricts in the brain causing reflex bradycardia and light headedness, midodrine makes worse, florinef (fludrocortisone) lowers k. Help!

Comments: You describe a somewhat peculiar constellation of vascular effects, and the medications selected may not be the most appropriate, if your blood pressure does not drop when standing. You need clarification, and would encourage a neurological and cardiological second opinions. Have you had a tilt table test? ...Read more

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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?

It can: Well there are different kinds of bradycardia and in general yes they can progress. In some patients the heart tends to get progressively slower as that patient gets older. ...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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