Alternate Names : Bradycardia
What are the treatments for the condition?
Treatment is directed at the cause. For example, a person with
is given thyroid hormone pills. Someone with arrhythmias
may need a pacemaker,
which is a device inserted under the skin to control the heart rate using electricity.
A person with head injuries
may need surgery or medicines to decrease the pressure inside the skull.
What are the side effects of the treatments?
Side effects are related to the treatments. For example, if the dose
of thyroid medicine is too high, the person may develop a heart rate that is too
fast. Insertion of a pacemaker
requires minor surgery, which may result in bleeding or infections.
What happens after treatment for the condition?
What happens after treatment depends on the cause of the slow
heart rate. A person who has a slow heartbeat because he or she is a good
athlete needs no treatment. An individual taking thyroid or blood pressure
medicines usually needs further monitoring and treatment for life. Someone
with head injuries
or brain damage may need help with regular activities.
How is the condition monitored?
The speed of the heartbeat can be monitored closely if needed.
This is done with special equipment that measures the electrical activity in
the heart. Other monitoring is related to the cause. For example, those with
a heart attack
may need close monitoring in the intensive care unit.
Any new or worsening symptoms should always be reported to the doctor.