What is bradycardia

Every heart has its own rhyhtm and that's the pattern it follows while beating. Normally, a heart beats anywhere between 60 and 100 times per minute, and that's a normal rate which allows the heart to provide the body with enough oxygen-carrying blood. However, heart rhythm can also be abnormal (irregular). The lifestyle most people are living today doesn't really allow your heart to have a completely normal rhyhtm, so having one is somehow considered a luxury. There are two types of irregular heart rhyhtm: bradycardia and tachycardia.

Bradycardia actually means that your heart rhythm is slow. If your heart beats less than 60 times per minute, that means that you have bradycardia. Bradycardia is a condition that can be normal sometimes -- during sleep, for example, it's normal that your heart beats slower than when you're awake. It's a fact that infants' hearts beat faster than in adults. That's why a heart rate below 100 can be considered as bradycardia in infants. Also, many atheletes have a slow heart rate, so many medical experts claim that having bradycardia actually means that you're fit. Having a slow heart rate can be considered normal, IF it doesn't cause any problems to your body. However, if you're experiencing some negative effects, report immediately to your doctor.

Sinus bradycardia is a heart rhythm that comes from the sinus node. It has a rate of below sixty beats per minute.