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