According to Yale Medicine, up to three million Americans have pacemakers, and most are older adults. In fact, more than 70% of people who undergo pacemaker surgery are at least 65 years old.
If you or a loved one needs a pacemaker, our vascular and cardiovascular expert team is here to help.
Here, we will delve into pacemaker surgery, a crucial intervention for managing heart rhythm disorders. Continue reading to learn more.
Heart pacemaker surgery is a type of heart care procedure that involves the implantation of a pacemaker device, a small electronic device that helps regulate the heart's rhythm.
Commonly referred to as a "pacemaker of the heart," this device is typically recommended for individuals with irregular heartbeats or bradycardia (slow heart rate).
The procedure entails placing the device under the skin, often in the chest area, and connecting it to the heart using thin wires called leads.
The pacemaker monitors the heart's electrical activity and sends electrical impulses to stimulate the heart when needed, ensuring a steady and consistent heartbeat. This helps improve the overall efficiency of the heart's pumping function.
Pacemaker surgery is a routine procedure that significantly enhances the quality of life for individuals with certain heart conditions. It is particularly beneficial for those who experience symptoms like dizziness, fatigue, or fainting due to irregular heart rhythms.
Pacemakers are commonly used to help with various heart conditions, including
Sometimes, pacemakers can be used in heart failure patients to coordinate the contractions between the heart's chambers.
It's crucial to note that the decision to use a pacemaker is based on individual patient needs and a thorough assessment by healthcare professionals.
Pacemakers come in different configurations tailored to specific heart conditions. Single and dual lead pacemakers vary in the number of wires they employ within the heart, each serving distinct purposes in regulating heart rhythm and addressing specific cardiac issues.
These pacemakers have only one wire placed in the heart, usually in the lower chamber. They're used when the bottom part of the heart needs help to beat regularly. These devices send electrical signals to regulate a slow heartbeat, mainly focusing on the ventricles and the heart's lower chambers.
Dual lead pacemakers have two wires—one in the upper chamber and one in the lower chamber of the heart. They're used when both the top and bottom parts of the heart need assistance to beat properly. By coordinating the rhythm between the atria (top chambers) and ventricles (bottom chambers), these pacemakers provide more comprehensive support for heart rhythm problems involving both areas.
After a pacemaker insertion, your recovery is usually straightforward.
Your medical team will closely monitor you after the surgery to ensure your vital signs are stable. Pain at the incision site is usually minimal, and taking good care of the incision helps it heal well.
At first, you might need to take it easy with things like heavy lifting, but you can gradually start doing more as your body heals.
You'll have check-ups to ensure the pacemaker works right, with adjustments as needed. You will also receive tips on recommended changes to your daily life, especially with electronic devices. Most people can go back to their usual activities soon after surgery.
Are you curious about pacemaker surgery? Here, we answer common questions and provide insights into the critical aspects of this standard cardiac procedure.
No, pacemaker surgery is generally considered safe. With minimal risks, it's a routine procedure that significantly improves the quality of life for individuals with certain heart conditions.
After implantation surgery, you should have someone with you for the first 24 hours. While you can be alone afterward, having support during the initial recovery is recommended.
Heart pacemaker surgery typically takes about 1 to 2 hours. It's a relatively quick procedure; most people can return home the same day.
Yes, pacemaker surgery is often performed as an outpatient procedure, requiring no hospital stay.
No, pacemaker surgery is not open-heart surgery. It is a minimally invasive procedure where the pacemaker is usually implanted under the skin near the collarbone, with leads threaded through veins to the heart.
If you're living with heart rhythm problems, pacemaker surgery may be a viable solution.
At CardioVascular Health Clinic, our expert team specializes in assessing and addressing various cardiac conditions. A pacemaker could be the key to managing your heart health effectively.
Contact us today for a consultation, and let's explore how we can enhance your cardiovascular well-being.
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