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Bradycardia (Slow Heart Rate)
Medtronic's first pacemaker came out in 1957. Today, implanting a pacemaker is usually quick, and typically done under local anesthesia. It does not require open-heart surgery, and most people go home within 24 hours, ready to begin their recovery and resume a more active life.
Your doctor will use specific criteria to determine if you are a potential candidate for a pacemaker.
Several types of doctors specialize in treating people with bradycardia. A good first step is to see your primary care doctor.
Your healthcare team will walk you through the surgical process, which includes important steps before, during, and following the procedure to implant a pacemaker.
We've provided answers to some commonly asked questions about pacemakers.
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.