Cardiac Electrophysiology Consultants of South Texas, P.A.

Medical Center Tower I
7950 Floyd Curl Drive
Suite 803
San Antonio, TX 78229
tel: 210-615-9500
fax: 210-615-9600
email: office at
Specializing in the compassionate care of people who suffer from abnormalities of the electrical system of the heart Current Insurance Plans: We accept most major commercial insurance plans. Please call for details.
Medicare: We have opted out of Medicare, and are happy to care for Medicare beneficiaries on an affordable cash basis. Note: Federal law prohibits signing the Federally-mandated opt-out contract with a Medicare beneficiary who is in an emergency situation.
No insurance? No problem! Consider our affordable Fee for service (direct pay).
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General information about the heart for patients, their family members, and concerned laymen

  The Arrhythmias Section Contents
The Bradycardias (Slow Heart Rates) and Pacemakers
     If you are having symptoms of a slow heart rhythm, such as faintness or shortness of breath or tiring easily, or even spells where you lose or nearly lose consciousness, here are some things to do until help arrives.

If you having symptoms of a slow heart rhythm and you don't know what kind you are having, you should go to a medical facility while you are experiencing the slow rhythm so that an electrocardiogram ("12-lead ECG") can be obtained. The 12-lead ECG of the slow heart rhythm is the best way to find out just what kind of slow heart rhythm you are having. Most people with slow rhythms can't get to a medical facility while they are experiencing the symptoms because the symptoms don't last long. In these cases, ambulatory ECG recording and event recordings are often helpful in proving what the problem is.

Abnormally slow heart rhythms are more common in older people, particularly those over 60 years of age or so. Sometimes they are caused by medications that can be replaced or stopped, such as beta blockers, some calcium blockers, digoxin, and others. If medications are not the problem, slow heart rhythms are easily treated with implantation of a pacemaker, and people can live for decades after having a pacemaker implanted.

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