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Bradycardia is an abnormal slowing of the heart rate.
Bradycardia often arises from other problems like low oxygen levels in the blood or apnea.
Taking the baby's pulse and monitoring in the NICU will confirm a diagnosis of bradycardia.
Bradycardia is treated by dealing with the underlying cause, such as apnea. In some rare cases, a heart defect may be responsible for the slower heart rate. Babies with a heart defect need to see a pediatric cardiologist (a doctor who specializes in treating heart problems in children).
Usually, the length of the stay is determined by the condition causing the bradycardia, not the bradycardia itself.