Dr. Shukla describes bradycardia.
Bradycardia are a loosely related term that encompasses any heart electrical problem that causes the heart rate to go slow. There’s a variety of heart rhythm disorders that could go slow; for example, as an aging effect one can have a loss of the sinus node cells.
As we mentioned earlier, the normal electrical impulse starts in the sinus node, so if those cells die off, the syndrome is called sick sinus syndrome, and generally that can slow the heart rate down to where people feel fatigued chronically; they could have very slow heart rates, and in which case pacemakers are utilized.
Other bradycardia illnesses can be related to the junction point that we mentioned. If unfortunately any of the cells get affected for a variety of reasons, either through medications or through natural cell death due to an aging phenomenon, if that AV node is affected, then patients can actually develop a potentially serious problem called heart block and that could cause extremely slow heart rates that could be manifested as fatigue, dizziness, patients passing out, or generally feeling ill through weakness and symptoms such as that.
About Dr. Himanshu H. Shukla, M.D.:
Dr. Himanshu H. Shukla, M.D., specializes in treating heart rhythm disorders and is founder of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute (CAI) dedicated to providing heart care customized to the individual. Dr. Shukla is a member of the Heart Rhythm Society, has completed training at Columbia University in New York City, the University of Missouri and the University of Oklahoma. He is recognized for numerous published articles on the treatment of heart rhythm disorders, and by the American Heart Association for Outstanding Research. Dr. Shukla’s community works include raising awareness of heart rhythm disorders, safety and prevention measures through speeches, training and counsel; and contributing external defibrillators to local public schools and other entities.