Supporting Your Heart Journey
There are many physicians, known as electrophysiologists or cardiologists, who specialize in treating heart conditions like bradycardia and implanting pacemakers. Whether you need to find a physician or want to learn more about how to prepare for your next appointment, we've developed patient support resources to help you navigate your pacing journey.
How to Talk with Your Doctor
Here are three things to remember when talking to your doctor about pacing options:
- Ask your doctor if a leadless pacemaker is an option for you.
While nearly half of all pacemaker patients may be eligible for a leadless pacemaker, it’s intended for specific pacing needs.
- Talk with your doctor about the potential benefits and risks of a leadless pacemaker.
There are many benefits to a leadless pacemaker, including no visible bump or scarring on your chest and a lower risk of complications. However, like all pacemakers, there are some risks associated. Your doctor can discuss how you can continue to enjoy your everyday activities and hobbies.
- Discuss next steps.
If you and your doctor decide a leadless pacemaker is right for you, ask about next steps.
Looking for more information? Here are some other great resources on leadless pacemakers.
Have you or someone you know recently received a pacemaker? Mended Hearts, a nonprofit organization, offers peer-to-peer support through more than 265 chapters nationwide, as well as a variety of resources to help heart patients and their families both before and after a heart procedure.
Pace of Mind is a Mended Hearts educational initiative about new leadless pacing options for patients, in collaboration with Medtronic.