Pacemaker implants

Pacemaker implants from Private Cardiology Services

By: Private Cardiology Services  18/11/2010
Keywords: Hospitals, Pacemaker Implants

Your heart’s sinus node sends an electrical impulse to make your heart beat.

You may need to have an artificial pacemaker fitted if there's a problem with how it works.  This could be because:

  • You have a particular type of heart block - a delay in the electrical conduction through the heart that can make the heart beat too slowly.

  • Your heart beats too fast, which is not effectively controlled by medication.

Pacemakers are fitted under a local anaesthetic with sedation, so you’ll feel very sleepy. After the pacemaker is fitted, you’ll usually stay overnight in hospital and your pacemaker will be checked thoroughly before you leave. Serious complications from pacemakers are very unusual.

It’s normal to feel tired for a few days afterwards, but most people find that they are able to get back to their normal lifestyle fairly quickly. You’re not allowed to drive a car for at least a week after your pacemaker is fitted.

Keywords: Hospitals, Pacemaker Implants

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