How is a slow heartbeat treated?

Bradycardia is most commonly treated with a pacemaker.

A pacemaker is an implant that monitors and treats your abnormal heart rhythm to keep your heart from beating too slowly. Modern pacemakers offer a targeted solution that has emerged over the last several decades that can increase the heart rate in response to activity. Many record and upload the heart’s data.

Pacemakers have a proven safety record. About 3 million people worldwide are living with a pacemaker, and each year about 600,000 pacemakers are implanted to treat people with slow heartbeats. Unlike a traditional operation, the procedure to position the pacemaker is minimally invasive, and most people go home that day or the next day. And it’s contoured to fit with your body, so you won’t feel it or notice it day-to-day.

Depending on your situation, a pacemaker may:

  • Replace S-A node signals that are delayed or get lost on the pathway between the upper and lower heart chambers
  • Help maintain a normal timing between the upper and lower heart chambers
  • Allow the lower chambers of the heart to contract at an adequate rate

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