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Treatment Options for Bradycardia

Bradycardia (Slow Heart Rate)

The standard treatment for a slow heart rate is to implant a pacemaker. For people with bradycardia, this small device can help restore a normal heartbeat. 


If you have bradycardia, you may be eligible for an implantable heart device called a pacemaker. Traditional pacemakers are small devices that are implanted under the skin, most often below your collarbone on the left or right side of your chest. For some patients, a new pacing system with a miniaturized pacemaker and no leads may be appropriate. Talk to your doctor for more information.

A pacemaker contains a battery and computer circuitry in a metal case to correct slow heart rhythms. The pacemaker continuously monitors your heart, and if it detects a slow rhythm problem, it sends out small undetectable electrical signals to correct it. Today's technology lets your doctor monitor and adjust your pacemaker to your specific condition.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.