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.
"Pacemakers are used in the treatment of bradycardia to control or replace the heart’s intrinsic electrical activity and restore a normal heart rateIn 2010 in UK, more than 40,000 people had a pacemaker fitted. Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) show that the total number of dual chamber cardiac pacemaker procedures performed in the NHS to treat bradycardia increased between 2006 and 2011 with a higher rate of uptake for the treatment of atrioventricular block compared with sick sinus syndrome. In 2010/11 there were 1,201 dual chamber pacemaker procedures for bradycardia due to sick sinus syndrome, and 5,273 due to atrioventricular block. A national survey conducted by the Network Devices Survey Group that analysed adherence to TA88 in England and Wales in 2008 reported a national average of 77% single chamber atrial-based pacing in sick sinus syndrome with the rate in individual pacing centres varying between 0% to 100%."