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All you want to know about Pacemaker

Posted by : Dr. Ameya Udyavar, 23 Mar 2015 03:09 PM
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Pacemakers are small device that help patients with slow heart beat rate to normal.

What is a Pacemaker?

A pacemaker is a small device that’s placed in the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms. This device uses electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate. Pacemakers are used to treat arrhythmias. Arrhythmias are problems with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm. (Source Wiki)

When does a Doctor recommend a Pacemaker to be installed?

Pacemakers are recommended for patients with Bradycardias (slow heart rates). The heart beats slow down with age and in some patients can cause giddiness, breathlessness and syncope. These patients need to undergo pacemaker implantation.

What does a pacemaker feel like?

The procedure of pacemaker implantation is done under local anaesthesia. Patients with pacemakers do not feel anything unusual.

How soon will it take to recover?� 

Like any surgery, recovery takes around 5-7 days (for the wound to heal). However, patient can resume normal activities in a day or two.

How long will the pacemaker last?

Most of the pacemakers last about 8-10 years.

Can Home Appliances damage or interfere with the pacemaker?

The newer models of pacemakers do not get influenced by any of the home made appliances. However one should ensure that all the home appliances have been properly earthed.� 

Can security equipment in Airports and Malls damage or interfere with the pacemaker?

No, they don't. There will of course be a beep when you pass through a metal detector suggesting to the security personnel that there is a metal object implanted in the body. One can show the pacemaker ID card to the security guy which is acceptable all over the world.

What is the approximate cost of a getting a Pacemaker in India?

The pacemaker cost would range from approximately 1.5 lacs to 2.5 lacs depending on the type of pacemaker used.

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