I’ve been hard pressed to find a pic or infographic that shows what Sick Sinus Syndrome looks like. There are tons of EKG strips given as examples, but to the common folk, such as myself – they make little to no sense. A person blowing their nose had me giggling.
The definition of SSS (Sick Sinus Syndrome) is a heart rhythm disorder:
Sinus bradycardia: This occurs when the natural pacemaker of the heart does not send out a signal telling the heart to beat often enough. The heart beat rate is slow.
Sinus pauses or arrest: This occurs when the natural pacemaker of the heart stops sending out signals telling to heart to beat for periods of time.
People with these disorders may also have other abnormal heart rhythms, such as:
Supraventricular tachycardia: This is a fast heart rate that starts in the upper chambers of the heart (atria).
Bradycardia-tachycardia: This is a pattern of alternating slow and fast heart rhythms (sometimes called “tachy-brady syndrome”).
There are many a diagnosis or age at which a person develops SSS as posted on our FB page this morning:
Christine V: Looking back, I was probably about 12 when the symptoms were present enough for me to be aware of them. It took many years of doctors to get a diagnosis and pacemaker. It has changed my life.
Julie R: Good question. I do believe as a child this was a factor in my life, though it was never diagnosed til 8 yrs ago.
Patsy F: I don’t know for positive, but believe as an adult. But like others, it was years before a definitive diagnosis when it and my afib was finally caught while wearing a holter.
A pacemaker and/or ablation may be necessary for the diagnosis of SSS. Also a particular med may be tried first.