Alternate Names : Bradycardia
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
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.