Podcast #17: Sick Sinus Syndrome - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast #17: Sick Sinus Syndrome

Run Time: 4 minutes30bc02fc-1981-4a79-9a8a-626deaac4db4

Author: Dr. Gretchen Hinson

Educational Pearls:

  • Sick Sinus Syndrome is a malfunction
    of the sinoatrial node causing any combination of bradycardic dysrhythmias, sinus arrests, and tachycardic dysrhythmias.
  • Symptoms include dyspnea on exertion, palpitations, fatigue, and/or chest pain.
  • On a cardiac monitor, patients can be bradycardic and immediately after tachycardic as a common presentation of the dysrhythmias.
  • Chronotropic incontinence is often a symptom of SSS and is defined as the inability for the heart to increase its rate with increased demand.
  • Patients will usually end up with a permanent pacemaker upon diagnosis of SSS.


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