Sick Sinus Syndrome | Treatment

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How is sick sinus syndrome treated?

Most people who have sick sinus syndrome will need to have an artificial pacemaker put into their body. A pacemaker is a small electronic device that is put under the skin on your chest. It helps your heart keep a regular beat, especially when your heart beats too slowly.

If you have a pacemaker and your heart rate is too fast, your doctor may prescribe medicine to control it. In addition, your doctor may want to change some of your other medicines because some medicines can make sick sinus syndrome worse.

Some people who have sick sinus syndrome and also have other medical problems may be at greater risk of having a stroke. These people might be prescribed a blood-thinning medicine, such as warfarin.

Source

Diagnosis and Treatment of Sick Sinus Syndrome by V Adan, MD; LA Crown, MD (American Family Physician April 15, 2003, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20030415/1725.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 10/03

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