Bradycardia is the term used to describe the condition that is a slower than normal heart rate.
An adult’s heart rate is usually between 60-100 beats per minute.Bradycardia can be a serious problem for some people if the heart doesn’t pump enough oxygen-rich blood to the body, possibly causing the following symptoms:
- Near-fainting or fainting (syncope)
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pains
- Confusion or memory problems
- Easily tiring during physical activity
However for other people, bradycardia doesn’t cause symptoms or complications at all.
Either way, if you are diagnosed with bradycardia, then you might be wondering what the treatment options are.
An implanted pacemaker can correct bradycardia and help your heart maintain an appropriate rate.
Pacemakers are small electronic devices that are implanted under the skin below the collar bone.
They are attached to a variable number of wires (leads) which are inserted through a vein to the heart and prevent it from going to slowly.
About Dr David Begley
Dr David Begley graduated from Edinburgh Medical School in 1994, completing his residency in South East Scotland, where he developed his interest in cardiology.
Following this, he spent three years at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland where he undertook research in the investigation and management of patients with the heart muscle condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
This then led to the completion of a master’s degree (MD) through the University of Edinburgh.
During this time, Dr Begley was introduced to electrophysiology and ablation, and was immediately intrigued by the ability to offer a permanent cure to many patients with heart rhythm problems.
Upon completion of his time in the United States, he sought to complete specialist training in cardiology and cardiac rhythm management at the highly respected Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, recognised as an early pioneer in the treatment of patients with cardiac arrhythmias.
Make your appointment with Dr David Begley
If you’re concerned about your diagnosis of bradycardia, you can contact his consultancy directly.
Simply contact his Personal Assistant, Lynn Thomas by telephoning 01223 850423 or 07368 364147.
Alternatively, email her on firstname.lastname@example.org