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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Bradycardia is a slow heart rate of fewer than 60 beats per minute. A slow heart rate is normal for some people, such as athletes, and needs no treatment. Bradycardia may also be caused by health conditions that do need treatment.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or cardiologist as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits. You may need to see specialists for more treatment. If you have a pacemaker, your cardiologist needs to make sure that it is working as it should.
Heart monitoring at home:
You may need to use a heart monitor at home to provide more information about your condition. This device is also called a Holter monitor, event monitor, or mobile telemetry. Bring your monitor with you to follow-up visits with your primary healthcare provider or cardiologist. Ask for more information about the Holter monitor.
For more information:
- American Heart Association
7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas , TX 75231-4596
Phone: 1- 800 - 242-8721
Web Address: http://www.heart.org
Contact your primary healthcare provider or cardiologist if:
- You are more tired than usual, even with treatment.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You feel lightheaded or faint.
- You have new or worsening dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain, or confusion.
- Your pulse rate is lower than caregivers say it should be, even with treatment.
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