A pacemaker is a small device that helps your heart beat more regularly. It does this with a small electric stimulation that helps control your heartbeat. Your doctor puts the pacemaker under the skin on your chest, just under your collarbone.It’s hooked up to your heart with tiny wires.
You may need a pacemaker to keep your heart beating properly. This helps your body get the blood and oxygen it needs. Some people just need a pacemaker for a short time (like after a heart attack) and may use a kind that’s outside the skin. The battery unit for this type can be worn on a belt.
• Your heart beats too slow or too fast.
• Your heart doesn’t beat regularly.
• There’s a block in your heart’s electrical pathways.
• A pacemaker uses batteries to send electric signals to
• The pacemaker is connected to your heart by one or more wires. Tiny electric charges that you can’t feel
• Pacemakers work only when needed. They go on when your heartbeat is too slow, too fast or irregular.
• Check your pulse and keep a record of it the way your doctor tells you.
• Your doctor will check your pacemaker every three to six months. The battery in your pacemaker should last five to eight years or longer. When the battery runs
• Take your medicine the way your doctor tells you.
• Tell your doctor if you have trouble breathing, if you gain weight or get puffy legs or ankles, or if you faint, black out or get dizzy.
• Follow all doctor’s instructions and keepyour appointments.
• Carry an I.D. card with you so others know you have a pacemaker.
• Tell your other doctors and your dentist that you have a pacemaker. Certain types of medical equipment may affect how a pacemaker works.
• Tell airport security that you have a pacemaker