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The Sick Sinus Syndrome

By on June 3, 2012 in Diseases, Health, Prevention with 0 Comments

 

What is sick sinus syndrome?

Sick sinus syndrome is the name of several conditions in which the sinus node does not work properly. The sinus node (also called the sinoatrial node) is a natural pacemaker in the heart helps the heart beat steadily. An electrical current starts in one of the upper chambers (called atria) of the heart and passes through the heart to the lower chambers (called ventricles). The sinus node can increase your heart rate at times of high demand such as during exercise. If you have sick sinus syndrome, may your heart rate is too slow or too fast to meet the needs of the body.

About 1 in 600 people with heart problems have sick sinus syndrome. It usually affects people of at least 70 years. It affects women almost as often as men.

What are the symptoms of sick sinus syndrome?

Some people with sick sinus syndrome do not feel sick or have only mild feelings of illness. Other people have symptoms that come and go. Here are some possible symptoms of sick sinus syndrome:

  • Feel faint
  • Feel your heart is skipping beats or beating too fast or too slow
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Have chest pain
  • Having shortness of breath
  • Having trouble thinking or remembering things
  • Feeling tired

How is sick sinus syndrome treated?

For most people with sick sinus syndrome, they should introduce an artificial pacemaker in the body. A pacemaker is a small electronic device that is inserted under the skin of the chest. This helps the heart maintain a regular beat, especially when the heart beats too slow.

If you have a pacemaker and your heart rate is too fast, your doctor may prescribe a medication to control it. In addition, your doctor may want to change some other medications because some medications can worsen the sick sinus syndrome.

Some people with sick sinus syndrome who also have other medical problems may have an increased risk of stroke. For these people, they are prescribed by blood-thinning medication like warfarin.

 

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