Dr. Alrich L. Gray // Central Montana Heart & Vascular Institute


Bradycardia is an abnormally slow heartbeat – you have bradycardia if your heart rate is under 60 beats per minute. This low heart rate will reduce the amount of oxygen the rest of your organs receive. Symptoms of bradycardia include:

  • Near-fainting or fainting spells
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pains
  • Easily tiring during physical activity

To treat bradycardia, your doctor may prescribe you medications that will help improve your heart rate. You doctor may also implant a pacemaker, a battery-powered device that goes under the skin in your chest and sends electrical signals to your heart in order to set a normal pace.