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Bradycardia is an abnormal slowing of the heart rate.

What causes it?

Bradycardia often arises from other problems like low oxygen levels in the blood or apnea.

How is it diagnosed?

Taking the baby's pulse and monitoring in the NICU will confirm a diagnosis of bradycardia.

How is it treated?

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).

How long will my baby be in the NICU?

Usually, the length of the stay is determined by the condition causing the bradycardia, not the bradycardia itself.

We're here to help.

If you are interested in scheduling a tour of our NICU, please call 682-885-4375. You can find information on how to refer a patient or other NICU contact information here.