Bradycardia means “slow heart” and usually refers to the heart rate or “pulse” being less than 60 beats per minute. A slow heart rate can be normal in some people, such as athletes, or when we sleep.
For some people however, it be a sign of the heart’s electrical system being unable to maintain the needed heart rate for the heart to function most efficiently.
Decreased exercise tolerance
Shortness of breath
Passing out (syncope) - rarely
Stop heart rate slowing medications
Consider pacemaker placement if symptoms persist and there is no reversible cause of the heart rate slowing
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