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Bradycardia

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is bradycardia?

Bradycardia is a slow heart rate, usually 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. Your healthcare provider will tell you what heart rate is too low for you.

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What causes or increases my risk for bradycardia?

What other signs and symptoms may occur with bradycardia?

How is bradycardia diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms. Tell him or her when they started and how often they happen. Tell him or her how severe your symptoms usually are, and how long they last. He or she will ask what triggers your symptoms and if anything makes them worse or better. He or she may ask if you have a heart condition or take any medicines. Tell your provider if symptoms happen after you take certain medicines. Tell him or her if you have a family history of heart conditions. You may also need any of the following:

How is bradycardia treated?

You may not need any treatment. Bradycardia is usually treated if it causes symptoms, such as dizziness or fainting. The cause of your bradycardia may need to be treated. For example, you may need treatment for sleep apnea if this is causing your symptoms. Your healthcare provider will talk with you about the benefits and risks of treatment that may be right for you:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

What can I do to manage or prevent bradycardia?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. 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.

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