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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Pacemaker (Definition)

A pacemaker is a device which sends electrical signals to the heart triggering heartbeats when needed. There are many ways to implant and configure a pacemaker; it may beat the top chambers (atria), lower chambers (ventricles) or both. Some systems stimulate both the left and right ventricles together. Pacemakers generally treat abnormally slow heart rhythms and certain ...Read more


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I have a pacemaker (icd) can I saftley make a tattoo? The machine can cause problems for the icd if I do it on the same side as the pacemaker?

Caution: The tattoo machine is quite unlikely to cause electrical problems for your device. I would avoid tattoos, however, especially near or on the same side as the ICD because this increases the risk of infection. I would generally advise people not to do this. ...Read more

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What is it like to get a cardiac pacemaker?

What is it like to get a cardiac pacemaker?

Pacemaker: In the or the chest is prepped and the patient receives light sedation. The implant area is numbed with local anesthetic and the pacing wires are introduced and passed under fluoroscopy to the heart, positioned and tested. The device is attached to the leads and placed in a pocket under the skin. The pocket is closed and the patient is monitored before going home. ...Read more

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My doctor advised me to get a pacemaker. How can I be sure if I need one?

My doctor advised me to get a pacemaker. How can I be sure if I need one?

Complicated: There are many indications for pacemakers(too many to list here and some a better reasons than others!), so without having a better understanding of the health issues that have arisen to this recommendation being made, it's difficult to provide you a reasonable answer. Consider providing more info or reviewing this issue with one of the HealthTap doctors in a live consult. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I constantly need to take a deep breath to get air in. I had a single chamber leadless pacemaker placed 3 weeks ago, other than that I'm healthy?

I constantly need to take a deep breath to get air in. I had a single chamber leadless pacemaker placed 3 weeks ago, other than that I'm healthy?

Call your doc: If you feel short of breath, call your doctor right away or go to the ER if it is persistent and constant. Respiratory and blood abnormalities can cause this feeling, as can meds. If you have trouble breathing, don't drive yourself but get seen if you don't hear from the doc quickly. ...Read more

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When i get my pacemaker/defibrillator changed. Am i supposed to be awake? The nurse said i won't feel anything but will be able to answer questions.

Sleepy: You'll be given medications that will make you drowsy and take away nervousness (such as versed and fentanyl) but you will be awake enough to answer questions. The pacemaker site will be numbed with local anesthetic so all you might feel after the numbing is a bit of tugging but it shouldn't hurt. If it does you'll be awake enough to tell the nurses who will give you more medications. ...Read more

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I know someone that has a pacemaker / defibrillator, and i was wondering if they got shocked would it stop it from working? What will happen if they do get shocked?

I know someone that has a pacemaker / defibrillator, and i was wondering if they got shocked would it stop it from working? What will happen if they do get shocked?

The : The device will continue to work unless there have been so many shocks which may drain the battery. The battery level can be detected by a simple noninvasive test. ...Read more

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How can it feel after you get a pacemaker?

Pacemaker: If your heart has been too slow as the indication for the pacemaker, you will feel significantly better than with the slow heart rate. If you get the pacemaker as a precaution to protect against something that might happen, you may not feel anything different. The surgical wound will ache for a while but nothing severe. ...Read more

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Can you get an MRI if you have a pacemaker?

Generally not....: Only a very few very recently produced pacemakers are MRI compatible. Report the manufacturer and model to your radiology dept and they can determine if it is compatible. The answer will likely be no. ...Read more

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White string coming out of incision? I had a pacemaker put in about 3 weeks ago. They didn't put stitches in, they just glued it shut. Today, i noticed a little piece of what i thought was glue, so i pulled on it trying to get it off. Then i realized it w

White string coming out of incision? I had a pacemaker put in about 3 weeks ago. They didn't put stitches in, they just glued it shut. Today, i noticed a little piece of what i thought was glue, so i pulled on it trying to get it off. Then i realized it w

It's : It's most likely the end of a stitch that was put in under the skin. Keep it clean and get back in to see your doctor as soon as you can. You could also put some neosporin or other triple antibiotic gel on it and cover it with a bandage until you see your doctor. ...Read more

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What possible hazards can be expected for my untreated bradycardia if I don't get pacemaker implantation?

What possible hazards can be expected for my untreated bradycardia if I don't get pacemaker implantation?

Bradycardia: Bradycardia can cause dizziness, fatigue, near-fainting, fainting, shortness of breath, chest pain, and confusion. Some young healthy people have bradycardia but no problems related to it. For other people, the low heart rate can produce the symptoms mentioned and can require treatment, such as a pacemaker. You should discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Could you tell me is it safe if my husband has a pacemaker defibrillator can he get close to invisible fencing?

Could you tell me is it safe if my husband has a pacemaker defibrillator can he get close to invisible fencing?

Invisible fencing: I have seen no literature on this type of device interfering with pacer/icd function. I doubt it would be a problem but it shouldn't be a problem staying away from the proximity to such devices to be safe. ...Read more

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Am I at the mercy of my doctor when it comes to brand and type of pacemaker replacement I get? Do I have any input? How can I research my options?

Am I at the mercy of my doctor when it comes to brand and type of pacemaker replacement I get?  Do I have any input? How can I research my options?

Speak with him: Speaking with your MD regarding this concern is key. He is performing a procedure on you so it is important your are comfortable with what is going on. From experience, no significant difference comes from different brands. This is your body and having your questions answered before proceeding is completely valid. ...Read more

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What can't I do after I get the pacemaker?

Back to normal: After a pacemaker, you can do pretty much most things. It also depends if you have any other heart problems and how healthy you are otherwise. ...Read more

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Can you get in a steam room if you have a pacemaker?

Can you get in a steam room if you have a pacemaker?

Yes.: The risk of a steam room has to do with blood pressure falling as one's blood vessels dilate in the heat. Therefore, if one drinks plenty of fluids prior to entering a steam room and if one limits the time in the room to a few minutes, the likelihood of fainting due to a low BP is minimized. ...Read more

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Grandma took a .25 mi walk Later in the evening started coughing Worse this morning Cant get out of bed Is 89 and has a pacemaker cause for concern?

Grandma took a .25 mi walk Later in the evening started coughing Worse this morning Cant get out of bed Is 89 and has a pacemaker cause for concern?

Yes: Hi. Yes, that is cause for concern. Cough is nonspecific, and can represent diverse problems including pneumonia, asthma, congestive heart failure, or simply a cold. At her age, there could be any number of things wrong. It would be wise to get her to her doctor who knows her medical history and can do appropriate diagnostics. Good luck to her! ...Read more

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What would the symptoms be if my mother chose//refused to get a new pacemaker generator/battery?

What would the symptoms be if my mother chose//refused to get a new pacemaker generator/battery?

Same: Most likely she will develop symptoms similar to the ones she had previous to pacemaker insertion. Most paroxysmal arrhythmias are serious and may result in sudden death. ...Read more

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Sotalol alternative. My father is in philippines. On sotalol 160mg 1 year, w/ pacemaker. Can not get sotalol here. Is there a safe alternative med?

Sotalol alternative.
My father is in philippines. On sotalol 160mg 1 year, w/ pacemaker. Can not get sotalol here. Is there a safe alternative med?

Yes, but...: There are medicines in the same class as sotalol like dofetilide, and they are also effective for many of the same problems, but they must be initiated under monitored circumstances to avoid a serious risk of dangerous heart rhythm problems. A pacemaker cannot protect you from such rhythms (only a defibrillator can do so) and i advise caution in your search. ...Read more

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Do pacemakers get recycled when they are removed form the deceased?

No: Not in the USA. And generally they are removed at battery end of life. ...Read more

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Having a pacemaker upgrade to add another wire been told I'll get a different manufacturer will the wire I already have be compatible ?

Good question: I have no idea. Need to ask your cardiologist who knows the manufacturer and type of the first pacemaker and wire. ...Read more

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Is it alright to get rid of your pacemaker once you feel better with your heart beat?

No: I am sure the pacemaker was placed for a reason which would not spontaneously heal itself. You're likely feeling better because of your pacemaker. If there ever is a reason to do so, a pacemaker can be easily turned off. ...Read more

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Pacemaker implantation surgery question. Where do they poke the wires through to get them inside the heart?

Pacemaker implantation surgery question.  Where do they poke the wires through to get them inside the heart?

The veins.: The veins under the skin in the upper chest are accessed to place the pacemaker/icd leads. These are the axillary or cephalic veins. The leads are then guided by xray and advanced into the heart chambers. ...Read more

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Can the cold weather bother you after you get a pacemaker put in? It use not to bother me at all. But now some time it makes me sensitive at my heart

Let me explain: When you have the pacemaker done (which is metal) the metal dose not react like the normal skin. This why you feel over the pacemaker area. Good luck. ...Read more

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Been told by surgeon that shoulder cannot get fixed and will lose function of arm due to pacemaker moving and where its placed at moment. What do I do?

Been told by surgeon that shoulder cannot get fixed and will lose function of arm due to pacemaker moving and where its placed at moment. What do I do?

Second opinion: See a shoulder specialist for a second opinion. If a procedure is done arthroscopically, it should not be an issue. Pacemakers should not move. You cannot get a MRI which could help with diagnosis, but a ct arthrogram can be of help in diagnosing your problem. ...Read more

Tattoos (Definition)

Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more