What is a Pacemaker?
What is a Pacemaker used for?
- Light headedness
- Shortness of breath
What are the different types of pacemaker?
- Single-chamber pacemaker has only one electrode and is implanted in either the right atrium or the right ventricle of the heart.
- Dual-chamber pacemaker has two electrodes that coordinate the signal between the right atrium and the right ventricle.
- Bi-ventricular pacemaker has 3 electrodes that are implanted in the right atrium, right ventricle and left ventricle.
Preparing for Pacemaker Implant Surgery
- Discuss the details of the procedure with your physician
- Clear all the queries and concerns related to the procedure and its pre-post preparations
- Sign the consent form during a visit prior to the procedure
- Inform your physician about any physical conditions and medications taken by you
- Follow all the instructions provided by your surgeon like fasting before the procedure, skipping certain medications etc.
- Get all the pre-operative tests done before the procedure
- Wear comfortable clothes while going to the hospital for the procedure
- Leave all jewelry and valuables at home
- Arrange for a companion who can drive you home after the procedure as you will be receiving a sedative and may be discharged on the same day
- You may need to stay at the hospital under observations for few days
- How many days would you stay at the hospital?
- How many days would you stay in India?
- Who is your treating doctor and what are his credentials?
- Which hospital would the procedure be performed at?
- What is the total cost including the cost of stay outside the hospital, visa, travel etc?
What happens during the Pacemaker Implant Procedure?
How Does a Pacemaker Work?
Living with the Pacemaker
- Clear all your queries and concerns about your condition and the pacemaker with your physician
- Take all the medications as prescribed by your doctor to help your heart pump regularly
- Restrict your activity for some period and take as much rest as possible
- Avoid any kind of sudden, jerky or violent actions that can pull your arm away from your body. This may disturb the placement of your pacemaker.
- Be physically active by walking and doing light limb movements
- Limit your activity before getting tired
- Do not put pressure on the site of pacemaker
- Feel free to take baths and showers as pacemaker is completely protected against contact with water
- Continue your usual sexual activity
- Always carry your pacemaker ID card with you as security may detect them as metal devices
- Follow up with your doctor to check the working of pacemaker, its leads and battery
- Show your pulse records to your healthcare provider at every visit
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