Sick Sinus Syndrome also known as sinus node disease is the term used to describe a group of heart arrhythmias in which the sinus node (the heart’s natural pacemaker) does not work properly. Symptoms of Sick Sinus Syndrome are:
• Slower than normal pulse rate
• Dizziness or lightheadedness
• Shortness of breath
• Chest pains
• Sensation of rapid heart beats
HOW IS SICK SINUS SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
The cardiologist can identify the abnormality through electrocardiography or ambulatory ECG. In certain rare cases the diagnosis can be based on electrophysiological results.
HOW IS SICK SINUS SYNDROME TREATED?
The treatment process is rather tricky and uses mediations that are given to high blood pressure patients for stabilising heartbeats. These comprise of high beta blockers or calcium channel blockers. Some individuals may also need solutions like permanent artificial pacemaker to ensure that their breathing patterns are in sync and in good rhythm to. Additional treatments like Radiofrequency ablation of atrial fibrillation could be required.
DID YOU KNOW?
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle goes a long way in preventing Sick Sinus Syndrome