A key risk factor for bradycardia is age. Heart problems, which are often associated with bradycardia, are more common in older adults.

Risk factors related to heart disease

Bradycardia is often associated with damage to heart tissue from some type of heart disease. Therefore, factors that increase your risk of heart disease may also increase the risk of bradycardia. Lifestyle changes or medical treatment may decrease the risk of heart disease associated with the following factors:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Use of illegal drugs
  • Psychological stress or anxiety
May. 26, 2011