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Bradycardia

Treatments for Bradycardia

Your Florida Hospital physician will determine an appropriate bradycardia treatment plan based on the condition’s underlying cause. In cases where an electrolyte imbalance causes bradycardia, the treatment can be as simple as correcting the imbalance. However, if bradycardia is the result of heart disease, a pacemaker may be implanted in order to achieve a normal heart rate.

Medical history, overall health, age, severity of symptoms and other factors specific to your individual health will be considered in planning any course of treatment.

Non-invasive treatment

Cardioversion may be performed, delivering an electrical shock through the chest to convert the irregular rhythm of the electrical charges to normal.

Minimally Invasive Treatment

  • Catheter ablation is performed through a catheter that is inserted in a blood vessel on either the arm or in the groin area. Through this catheter, a flexible and thin tube, the tissue at the site of the arrhythmia is destroyed using either heat in the form of high frequency radio waves (radiofrequency ablation ) or extreme cold (cryoablation).

Invasive Treatment

  • An implantable cardioverter defibrillator  (ICD) senses the heart rate and sends a tiny shock to the heart when the rate is too fast. The shock normalized the heart rate. An ICD is small and is implanted under the skin, usually near the shoulder behind the collarbone.

Surgical Treatments

When other options fail, surgical ablation may be performed. During this procedure, the heart is exposed through an opened chest cavity. Once the arrhythmia location is determined, the tissue is removed or obliterated through either radiofrequency ablation or cryoablation.

 

Locations for Bradycardia