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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Heart block is a problem with the flow of electrical signals in your heart. The electrical signals control the way your heart beats. With heart block, these signals are delayed or interrupted completely. This affects the way your heart beats.
Call 911 if:
- You have any of the following signs of a heart attack:
- Squeezing, pressure, or pain in your chest that lasts longer than 5 minutes or returns
- Discomfort or pain in your back, neck, jaw, stomach, or arm
- Trouble breathing
- Nausea or vomiting
- Lightheadedness or a sudden cold sweat, especially with chest pain or trouble breathing
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- Your symptoms are worse or happen more often.
- You have questions about your condition or care.
- Heart medicine helps your heart beat more regularly.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your healthcare provider or cardiologist as directed:
You may need to return for other tests or treatments. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Manage your symptoms:
- Take your pulse regularly to check for any changes. Write down this information and take it with you to your visits with your healthcare provider.
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