Slow heartbeat Overview
Slow heartbeat, also called bradycardia, occurs when the heart beats abnormally slowly. Adults usually have a lower pulse rate than children. Having a slow pulse can occur normally in some cases, such as those who are young, the elderly, and highly fit athletes. The pulse is also slower during sleep. Heartbeat can also slow sometimes when the vagal nerve is stimulated in relation to coughing, vomiting, or fecal straining. However, a number of medical disorders can also cause an abnormally low pulse rate. Slow heartbeat in a newborn due to various birth complications is called neonatal bradycardia.
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- Bradycardia: Bradycardia is the name for an abnormally slow heartbeat. The opposite, a rapid heartbeat is called ďtachycardiaĒ. A slow heartbeat
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- Heart Disorders: Heart disorders include many different types of diseases of the heart. Heart disease often refers to coronary heart disease, although
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- Heart Attack: Heart attack, also called Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI), occurs when the heart does not get enough blood supply. It is
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- Arrhythmias: An arrhythmia is the general name for a heart rhythm disorder, where the heartís regular heartbeat has an abnormality
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- Sick Sinus Syndrome: Sick Sinus Syndrome is a heart rhythm disorder (arrhythmia) caused by the heartís sinoatrial node malfunctioning. Symptoms are recurring
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