- The heart has an important job of pumping blood and sending oxygen and vital nutrients around your body.
- Bradycardia (a slow heart rate) can be normal and healthy but it can also be a sign of an underlying health problem.
- If left untreated, it may lead to life-threatening complications.
- Some individuals may not need treatment while others may need to treat the underlying health problem that’s causing bradycardia. In some cases, a pacemaker may be necessary.
The heart is at the center of your circulation system. It’s responsible for pumping blood around your body, sending oxygen and vital nutrients all over your body. One way you can tell if your heart is functioning properly is by your heart rate, which is the number of times your heart beats per minute.
The American Heart Association (AHA) says an individual’s resting heart rate is typically between 60- and 100-beats per minute (bpm). But when the heart rate falls below 60-bpm this is a sign of bradycardia (slow heart rate). If your heart beats too slowly, your heart may not supply your body with enough blood and if left untreated, it may lead to life-threatening complications. This is why it’s important to get informed. Here’s what you need to know about bradycardia.
Understanding How the Heart Works
It’s important to first have an understanding of how the heart works. Medical News Today explains that the heart consists of four chambers: right atrium, left atrium, right ventricle, and left ventricle. The top two chambers (the atria) receive blood while the bottom two chambers (the ventricles) pump the blood.
This is an important bodily function as blood provides oxygen and nutrients to surrounding tissues and organs, transports antibiotics to fight infections, regulates body temperature, and helps bring waste products to the kidneys and liver to be filtered and cleaned.