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A pacemaker is a small, battery-operated device implanted just under the skin near the collarbone to help the heart beat regularly at an appropriate rate. Pacemakers are about the size of a matchbox and is used to treat heart arrhythmias — irregularities in your heart’s natural heart rhythm. Almost everyone’s heart skips a beat and most are considered harmless. Some patients, however, will need medication and/or a pacemaker. A pacemaker usually has two parts: a pulse generator (which includes the battery and several electronic circuits); and a lead(s), (which is attached to the heart wall). Pacemaker surgery is performed under local anesthesia. It is implanted just near the collarbone....more »
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What is Pacemaker Implant? A pacemaker is a small battery-powered device that can be implanted under the skin to deliver electrical pulses to the heart muscle in order to make it beat at a normal rhythm. A pacemaker may be used when the heart beats too slowly or has any type of abnormal rhythm. Abnormal rhythms are generally known as arrhythmias....more »
Who are candidates for Pacemaker Implant? Pacemakers may be necessary when abnormal heart rhythms are diagnosed. Pacemakers are used to treat the following conditions:
What are alternatives to Pacemaker Implant? For some, medications may be adequate to control the arrhythmias. Other times, a tempporary pacemaker may be implanted. In addition, a particular type of surgery called left atrial catheter ablation may help improve cardiac electrical rhythms adequately to avoid implanting a pacemaker....more »
How do you prepare for Pacemaker Implant? Prior to any surgery, your doctor will give you a complete medical examination and evaluate your overall health and your health history. You may be required to get additional tests such as X-rays and lab tests. Your doctor will also review with you the potential risks and benefits of the operation and will ask you to sign a consent form. It is important that you ask questions and be sure you understand the reason for the surgery as well as the risks.
It is important that you inform your doctor if you have allergies to any medications, what medications you are taking, and if you have bleeding problems. It is also important to inform your doctor if you are pregnant.
Your doctor will also give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly.
Depending on the circumstances of your surgery, you may be instructed to do the following:
What is the Pacemaker Implant recovery process? You will most likely stay overnight in the hospital after your surgery but discharged the following day. The surgery is generally performed under local anesthesia and takes about three hours. You will experience some soreness around the incision site after surgery.
In your hospital room, a special monitor will record your heart rhythm to ensure that the pacemaker is functioning properly.
Talk to your doctor about what activities are safe to resume after surgery. Avoid jerky movements with your arms in the weeks following surgery.
If you the area around your incision site becomes red, hot, swollen or drains fluid, contact your doctor immediately. During follow-up visits, your doctor will ensure the pacemaker is working and adjust settings if necessary....more »
What is the cost of Pacemaker Implant? A variety of factors may influence the cost of the surgery. They include:
These factors vary depending on you and your situation.
The cost of each procedure can vary dramatically based upon age, location, gender, and insurance coverage. HealthGrades provides detailed cost estimates which include the costs of the procedure, drugs, hospital stay, and more. Each cost estimate is easy to understand and provides medical terms you need to know.
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Where can I find a Pacemaker Implant doctor or surgeon? Pacemaker Implant is typically performed by doctors specializing in Cardiac Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery. Nationally, there are 4383 practicing Cardiac Surgeons and Cardiothoracic Surgeons. HealthGrades offers detailed physician reports to help you find a qualified Pacemaker Implant doctor or surgeon in your area, which includes disciplinary actions, patient feedback, background information, and more. Start your search now!
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