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What is a pacemaker implant?
A pacemaker is a device used to control your heartbeat if you suffer from irregular heartbeat, also known as arrhythmia. A pacemaker is placed under your skin in your chest and requires a surgical procedure.
There are different types of pacemakers that can be used. Your doctor will decide the pacemaker type you need based on your condition. They include:
Biventricular pacemaker. This type carries electrical impulses for your right and left ventricles. This type is for people who suffer from heart failure.
Single chamber pacemaker. This type carries electrical impulses to your right ventricle and right atrium.
Dual-chamber pacemaker. This type carries electrical impulses only to your right ventricle.
Why would I get a pacemaker implant?
Pacemakers are used to treat slow heart rhythms, scientifically known as Bradyarrhythmias. Bradyarrhythmias occur as a result of any heart disease that can impair the conduction system of the heart (cells that send electrical impulses to the heart to contract). It is also useful in treating syncope, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and heart failure.
A pacemaker is composed of two parts: a pulse generator and leads. A pulse generator is a small device with a battery that regulates your heart’s electrical activity by sending electrical impulses. Leads are insulated wires that deliver electrical impulses to your heart muscles.
What happens during the procedure?
The procedure usually takes from 2 to 4 hours. In the beginning, you will be given an IV medication that will help you relax during the procedure. It will make you feel drowsy, but you will not be asleep.
Your doctor will insert insulated, flexible wires into one of your major veins guided to the heart using X-ray images. One end of the wires will be connected to your heart, and the other end is attached to the generator. The generator is usually implanted in fat under your skin.
What happens after the procedure?
You will stay in the hospital for at least one day after the procedure is done. You may experience some pain after the procedure. Pain can be controlled by pain medications, so ask your doctor about the best options available.
Sometimes, a chest X-ray is done to ensure that the pacemaker implant is in the proper position. Your doctor will recommend avoiding strenuous exercise or anything that can put a load on your heart. You should also avoid pressure on the area of implantation.
A pacemaker can improve your heart problems like bradycardia and irregular heartbeat. The batter can last up to 15 years, but you will need surgery to replace it when it wears out. However, changing the battery is a procedure that is quicker and requires less recovery than the implant of a pacemaker. In general, pacemakers will allow you to resume your normal activities without so many restrictions.
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