Bradycardia, also known as bradyarrhythmia, is a slow heart rate, namely, a resting heart rate of under 60 beats per minute (BPM) in adults.It is a type of cardiac arrhythmia. It seldom results in symptoms until the rate drops below 50 BPM.
Bradycardia can cause dizziness, weakness, lack of energy or fainting spells.If bradycardia is caused by a medical illness, there will be additional symptoms that are specific to that illness. For example, people whose bradycardia is due to severe hypothyroidism also can have constipation, muscle cramps, weight gain (often despite poor appetite), very dry skin, hair that is thin and dry, an abnormal sensitivity to cold temperatures and other symptoms related to low levels of thyroid hormones.
Patients are test driving a pacemaker outside the skin before deciding whether to have a permanent implant, reveals novel research presented today at EHRA EUROPACE - CARDIOSTIM 2015."Patients have numerous concerns, such as body image issues. There will be an incision in the upper chest, perhaps some discolouration of the skin and a lump which may be visible depending on what you wear. In women there are intimacy issues with upper chest device implants and usually consider a submammary location.
Identified 161 patients aged 67 or older who were hospitalized for bradycardia in Ontario between January 2003 and March 2008 within nine months of using a CI. Each case was compared with up to three controls, who were not hospitalized for bradycardia but had received a CI.Among older patients, recent initiation of CI therapy was associated with a more than doubling of the risk of hospitalization for bradycardia. Despite hospitalization for bradycardia, 57% of the patients who survived to discharge subsequently resumed CI therapy, and 4% of these were readmitted to hospital or visited the emergency department. Physicians should weigh the potential risks and benefits in prescribing CIs for dementia patients, and should reassess the merits of continued therapy in patients who develop bradycardia while taking these drugs.