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Implanting a pacemaker is typically done under local anaesthesia. It does not require open-heart surgery, and most people go home within 24 hours, ready to begin their recovery.
Your doctor will use specific criteria to determine if you are a potential candidate for a pacemaker.
Several types of doctors specialise in treating people with bradycardia. A good first step is to see your primary care doctor or GP.
Some individuals with bradycardia may be eligible for an implantable pacemaker that will continuously monitor their heart. If the pacemaker detects a slow or irregular heart rate it will send out small undetectable electrical signals to correct it.
You may want to speak with your doctor about whether this is an option for you, and whether you should be referred to a cardiologist or an electrophysiologist (EP) for a consultation.
Several types of doctors specialise in treating people with heart conditions. A good first step is to see your primary care doctor or GP. Continue to work with your doctor to manage all aspects of your total healthcare. He or she may advise you to see one or more specialists to manage your heart condition.
Your specialist will typically send back full reports to your primary care doctor or GP who knows your entire medical history and is a key partner in the long-term management of your heart condition.
The procedure to implant a pacemaker is usually quick. It does not require open-heart surgery, and most people go home within 24 hours. Before the surgery, medication is usually given to make you sleepy and comfortable. The procedure can be performed under local or general anaesthesia.
You will usually stay in the hospital overnight and go home the next day with instructions on caring for your incision. For a short time after the surgery, your doctor may want you to limit how much you move the arm that is closest to your implant site.
After the implant, there may be a slight bulge visible under the skin where the device is located. The leads are very thin and will not be visible.
Each individual's experience may be different. Talk to your doctor for specific information regarding the implant of a pacemaker.
Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.