Bradycardia Diagnosis

How will your doctor diagnose you with this condition? Learn about the tests, exams, processes, and other information relating to the diagnosis of Bradycardia below.


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How to Diagnose Bradycardia

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. In particular, the doctor will listen to your heart with a stethoscope.

Tests may include:

  • Blood tests-to look for certain abnormalities that may explain the bradycardia (eg, electrolytes, glucose, thyroid function, and drug levels)
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG, EKG)-a test that records the heart's activity by measuring electrical currents through the heart muscle.
  • Echocardiogram -a test that uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to examine the size, shape, and motion of the heart.
  • Holter monitor or event monitor-a portable, continuous heart rhythm monitor that you wear as you perform normal daily activities.
  • Exercise stress test -a test that records the heart's electrical activity during increased physical activity.
  • Nuclear scanning-radioactive material is injected into a vein and observed as it is distributed through the heart muscle to look for coronary artery disease.
  • Coronary angiography -x-rays taken after a dye is injected into the arteries; this allows the doctor to look for abnormalities in the coronary arteries of the heart.


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What It Is
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Screening for Bradycardia
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