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Bradycardia

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.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Follow up with your 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 healthcare provider or cardiologist. Ask for more information about the Holter monitor.

Holter Monitor

Contact your healthcare provider or cardiologist if:

  • You are more tired than usual, even with treatment.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department 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 healthcare providers say it should be, even with treatment.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

Further information

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