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Understanding, preparing and living with pacemaker

What is a Pacemaker? A pacemaker is a small electronic device that is placed in the chest or abdomen of the patient to keep a track of the heart rate and control abnormal heart rhythms. It also generates a signal that helps the heart to beat at the correct pace or normal rate. What is a Pacemaker used for? Pacemaker is used to treat arrhythmias or problems with the rate or rhythm of the heart beat . Human heart rate is controlled by a natural electrical system that tells the heart when to beat. In case of improper functioning of the electrical system, heart rate can be too fast (tachycardia), too slow (bradycardia), or irregular. In such a situation, the heart may not be able to pump the required amount of blood to the body parts leading to symptoms like: Dizziness Light headedness Fatigue Shortness of breath Confusion Fainting These symptoms may be a consistent problem or may occur occasionally. They are more noticeable during phy