Sunday, June 18, 2006

Living with Bradycardia

I have bradycardia. My heart rate is 50 beats per minute!
Scared 1
What is bradycardia?
A heart rate of less than 60 beats per minute is called bradycardia. The average resting heart rate is 60 to 100 beats per minute.
Sometimes bradycardia is normal. For example, healthy young adults and well-trained athletes often have resting heart rates of less than 60 beats per minute.
Inappropriate sinus bradycardia, also called bradyarrhythmia, is an abnormally slow heart rate that is caused by certain medical conditions—including heart disease, hypothyroidism, and electrolyte imbalances—and some medicines. In severe forms of bradycardia, the heart beats so slowly that it does not pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. This can be life-threatening.

I hope I belong to the normal, athletic group of individuals though. This is mighty unsettling…especially when there is a likelihood that my languorous heart may cough and die on me before my time is truly up. =(
Optimistically speaking, my heart is so slow and steady that nothing will unfaze me! ;-) Not even pesky Aileen…


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