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Slow Heartbeat

Alternate Names : Bradycardia

Slow Heartbeat | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Most cases cannot be prevented. Medicines should be taken exactly as prescribed. The doses should not be more than the doctor prescribes. Avoiding heroin could prevent cases due to heroin overdose.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

If the heart beats too slowly, it may not be able to pump blood well enough to keep a person alive. Most long-term effects are related to the cause. For example, cases due to hypothyroidism often go away quickly with treatment, and there are no long-term effects. Cases due to an arrhythmia or shock sometimes result in death. Head injuries and brain damage may cause permanent disabilities.

What are the risks to others?

A slow heartbeat is not catching and poses no risks to others.

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Author: Adam Brochert, MD
Reviewer: Melissa Sanders, PharmD
Date Reviewed: 10/03/01

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