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Does a person with a slow heart rate need a pacemaker?

Does a person with slow heart rate (lower than 60), but no blockage of arteries need a pacemaker?  

submitted by Ivy from Beaumont, Texas on 11/11/2012


by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Mohammad Saeed, MD    

Mohammad Saeed, MDSlow heart rate [bradycardia] can develop because of many reasons, including blockage of arteries. But there are many other conditions which can result in slow heart rate. Decision to implant a pacemaker is usually made on the presence or absence of symptoms related to slow heart rate, with less emphasis placed on the underlying cause in most cases.      

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Updated November 2012
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