What treatments are available for patients with heart block?

Treatment for heart block treated depends on what is causing it, how bad it is and the symptoms it causes. Sometimes, making changes to medications or treatment for heart disease stops heart block.

If you have first-degree heart block, you probably won’t need treatment.

If you have second-degree heart block and have symptoms, you may need a pacemaker to keep your heart beating like it should. A pacemaker is small device that sends electrical pulses impulses to your heart.

Third degree heart block is often first discovered during an emergency situation. Treatment almost always includes a pacemaker.

If you need a pacemaker, your cardiologist/electrophysiologist will talk to you about the details, the type that is best for you and what to expect before, during and after you get your pacemaker.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/18/2019.

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