Each person has a built-in electrical system in the heart that controls their heart rate. A person’s heart needs to beat at a normal rate in order to pump blood to all parts of the body.
Sometimes, a person’s built-in electrical system does not work the right way causing a person’s heart to beat too slowly or too fast
A pacemaker consists of a pulse generator which is a thin metal case with a battery and a tiny computer. It weighs only about 20 to 50 grams. The leads are thin pieces of insulated wire which are connected to the pulse generator, which deliver and receive electrical impulses to and from the heart. Pacemakers with one lead are called single-chamber pacemakers. Pacemakers with two leads are called dual-chamber pacemakers. Pacemakers with three leads are called bi-ventricular – or cardiac resynchronisation therapy – pacemakers.
A pacemaker is a small, battery-powered device that senses your heartbeat. If your heart is beating properly, the pacemaker does nothing. But when it is beating too slowly it sends electrical currents to speed up your heart rate back within normal range.
A person might need a pacemaker if they have an abnormally slow or irregular heart rate and has symptoms such as:
Even though Pacemaker Implantation is a minor procedure you will need to stay in bed for a little while. The nurse will check your vitals and your incision site for any bleeding or swelling. Your nurse will help you sit up and ambulate after the procedure. You will be allowed to eat and drink when you are fully awake. A chest X-ray will be done to make sure that the leads are placed correctly. You will be monitored for any complications like infections, adverse drug reactions, blood loss or trauma to blood vessels, lungs or the heart itself. Your doctor will also check the settings of your pacemaker and leads before sending you home. The typical hospital stay after receiving a pacemaker is a few days.
Once you are home you will need to take it easy for a while. Your doctor will let you know when it is safe to resume activities like showering/ablution, working in the kitchen (cooking), sexual activity and driving, . It is important that you avoid bumping or hitting the area around your implant, as it may damage your device or its’ leads. Before resuming any activities/sports that use your chest or arm it is best to discuss with your doctor. You may also feel rejuvenated and more active compared to before your device was implanted.
Common complications include and are not limited to:
After you get a pacemaker you will need to follow up with your doctor several times. Your doctor will also check to make sure that your pacemaker is working appropriately. The doctor then monitors the battery and lead status, and adjusts your pacemaker settings.
Some people might need to have the pulse generator(battery) part of their pacemaker replaced in the future. This is because the battery in the pulse generator(battery) usually lasts up to 10 years (6-12 years). Wires do not usually need to be replaced.
Your health care provider is the best source of information for questions and concerns related to your medical problem. You can also contact us on 0302-HELPPPM for all your Pacemaker-related queries. We are here to help you in the best possible manner.
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