What is sick sinus syndrome?

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.
Sick sinus syndrome. Sick sinus syndrome is a cardiac conduction disorder where the hearts spontaneous pacemaker, does not send its electrical impulses quick enough to keep the heart beating as fast as your body requires. It results in the heart rate becoming too slow, not getting fast enough during exertion, or waiting too long to spontaneously restart after a fast heart rate. Can be treated with pacemaker. See doc.
Arrhythmia. Sick sinus is a syndrome characterized by both rapid and slow rhythms in the same person. Often needs to be treated with pacemaker so the slowing for the rapid can be protected from getting too slow.

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What happens if in sick sinus syndrome if you take diltiazem. Chest pains and palpitations aren't improving with diltiazem. Worried it's sick sinus?

A difficult problem. SIck sinus syndrome can be difficult to treat because it is often a combination of episodes when the heart rate is too fast, alternating with episodes when the heart rate is too slow. Most drugs used to treat the problem, including diltiazem, slow the fast episodes but often make the slow ones worse. In such cases, more thorough studies of the heart's "electrical" system may be necessary. Read more...
Dangerous. u can't use Av blockers in SSS unless u have a pacemaker, it may control tachycardia but may also worsen bradycardia which may result in stoke, cardiac arrest or demise. Read more...

What is the pathophysiology of sick sinus syndrome?

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. Read more...

What are alternative treatments for sick sinus syndrome?

None. There are no dependable alternative treatmens to my knowledge for sick sinus syndrome. However, everyone can benefit from good organic whole food vitamin/mineral supplementation, acid free; toxin free diet; check out my website for details: www.Medacpc.Com. Read more...

How is sick sinus syndrome treated?

Pacemaker if severe. Sometimes medications can help, but problems often progress to a point where a pacemaker is needed. Read more...
Pacemaker. If it is well documented sss ( sick sinus syndrome) is treated with a pacemaker ( to prevent the heart to go to slow and stop or have a syncope) and after that ...Medicines are given to slow the heart rate & prevent the heart to go too fast. Read more...
Sick sinus syndrome. Sick sinus syndrome is a cardiac conduction disorder where the hearts spontaneous pacemaker, does not send its electrical impulses quick enough to keep the heart beating as fast as your body requires. It results in the heart rate becoming too slow, not getting fast enough during exertion, or waiting too long to spontaneously restart after a fast heart rate. Can be treated with pacemaker. See doc. Read more...

How do you diagnose sick sinus syndrome?

EKG/event monitor. Sick sinus requires a good, thorough history, physical exam, and cardiac electrical and functional diagnostic studies. Read more...
Tests and Monitors. One of two ways: either you flunk a treadmill or other exercise test by one of several criteria relating to heart rate rise and fall, or you complained of things that made me suspicious and i prescribed something called a holter or event monitor which showed your heart acting up. Sometimes we find it incidentally while people are on monitors in the hospital, too. Read more...

What are the possible complications of sick sinus syndrome?

Syncope and death. The sinus node is a bundle of heart cells concentrated in the right atrium that normally sets off each heart beat for life. Arteriosclerosis may slowly, or rapidly in a heart attack, destroy these cells and lead to very abnormal, usually very slow, heart rates. If the rate slowed down to perhaps 30's, one may pass out, if worse, one may not wake up. Once the diagnosis is clear, need pacemaker. Read more...
a few things. Sick sinus syndrome results in the top chamber being unable to effectively regulate its rate. It can also occur in the setting of atrial fibrillation. With this combination, both extremely fast and extremely slow heart rates are possible. Symptoms can include dizziness lightheadedness or palpitations, chest pains, exercise intolerance, or even feelings as though you might pass out. Read more...

My younger brother 17, has been diagnosed with (sick sinus syndrome), previosuly he had syncope, but now he does not have them, his HR is also 82 avg?

Unfortunately you. have not indicated what you would like to know. You have provided us with some information but not asked a question. Consider an in box consultation where a more detailed conversation can be obtained with a health care professional and additional information and questions can be addressed. Read more...

Can sick sinus syndrome be CAUSED by a years use of diltiazem on and off. And prolonged stress?

No. Diltiazem can exacerbate the impaired cardiac conduction associated with SSS but it doesn't cause it and the effect rapidly wears off when you stop it. Read more...