If someone has bradycardia it means they have an abnormal heart rhythm in that their heart beats too slowly. An average resting heart rate or pulse rate is between 60 and 100 beats per minute (BPM). If the heart beats faster it is known as tachycardia, and if it beats slower it is referred to as bradycardia. For some folks, a slow heart causes no problems. In fact, it may be a sign physical fitness. Many athletes develop a slower heart rate as their cardiovascular system increases in efficiency. During sleep, a pulse rate between 40 and 50 BPM is regarded as normal, but a waking rate below that may be cause for concern.
Bradycardia may be caused by disruption of the normal electric impulses that control the hearts pumping action. Damage to this electrical system may be caused by a heart attack and/or heart disease. Other causes include hypertension, congenital heart defects, myocarditis, hypothyroidism, hemochromatosis, heart surgery complication, and certain medications. You can go online to find more info on bradycardia at Healthfit24.
Another medical condition that is cause for concern is a decubitus ulcer which may also be called pressure ulcers or bedsores. These are localized injuries that affect the skin and underlying tissues. They typically occur on top of a bony prominence due to pressure. Common locations include the buttocks, hips, ankles, heels, back, shoulders, elbows, and the back of the head. These sores are grouped according to their severity. The earliest stage is Stage I which is a red area on the skin that does not turn white when pressed. Stage II means the skin has blistered and may form an open sore. Stage III involves an open crater or hole with tissue damage. Stage IV means that the sore is so deep that muscle and bone is damaged.
If you or your patient has a decubitus ulcer, you need to relieve the pressure on the area. Pillows and special foam cushions can help reduce the pressure. You may also want to powder the bed sheets lightly so that friction to the sore is reduced. Eating healthy meals will help speed the healing process. Be sure to clean the sore according to the doctor's instructions. You can go on the Internet to find more on decubitus ulcers at Healthfit24.