Doctor insights on: Recovery after pacemaker implantation

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What is the cost for pacemaker implantation?

What is the cost for pacemaker implantation?

It Varies.: In a study from 2005, during the first four years, the cumulative cost for a patient with a dual-chamber pacemaker was $27, 441. This price did not distinguish between what was patient costs vs. Insurance costs. ...Read more

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Dr. James Krick
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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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What is the typical cost for pacemaker implantation in the u.S.?

What is the typical cost for pacemaker implantation in the u.S.?

It Varies: In a study from 2005, during the first four years, the cumulative cost for a patient with a dual-chamber pacemaker was $27, 441. This price did not distinguish between what was patient costs vs. Insurance costs. ...Read more

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What possible hazards can be expected from pacemaker implantation?

What possible hazards can be expected from pacemaker implantation?

Few and rare: Complications are few and rare. The commonest is soreness and a black & blue mark at the implantation site. Infection is very rare. Occasionally the pacing lead position is displaced and needs to be re-positioned days later. Extremely rarely, the lead can injure the wall of the ventricle or atrium. Irritation from the lead can sometimes lead to rhythm disturbances early on but settle down. ...Read more

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How long can I expect positional pain and discomfort to last after pacemaker implantation?

How long can I expect positional pain and discomfort to last after pacemaker implantation?

A couple of weeks: Should not be more than a couple of weeks, if it is, you need to see your implanting physician. ...Read more

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What is the typical cost for pacemaker implantation in pakistan and which centres are doing in rawalpindi / islamabad?

What is the typical cost for pacemaker implantation in pakistan and which centres are doing in rawalpindi / islamabad?

Don't know: A cardiac surgeon, working in pakistan and doing these procedures, would be able to answer this. Although, the price also depends on the type of facility involved in pacemaker placements. Thanks. ...Read more

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How do you learn pacemaker implantation programming?

How do you learn pacemaker implantation programming?

Pacemaker programing: Pacemakers are usually implanted by cardiologists in a special procedure room and there are often technicians that assist with the implantation. These individuals have some background in cardiology and cardiac procedures, or electrophysiology. Pacemaker companies usually recruit technicians or nurses with a cardiology background to train for pacemaker programming. It is a very specialized field. ...Read more

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Risks during the ablation and pacemaker implantation?

Risks during the ablation and pacemaker implantation?

Risks of ablation: Mostly the risks are the same as for other procedures, including infection and bleeding, but also rhythm disturbances of the heart and the development of fluid around the heart. In addition, the risks for pacemakers include pneumothorax or the presence of air around the lung. These are usually safe procedures which are performed by trained cardiologists. ...Read more

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What is thachy_brady syndrome? Is it the cause of pacemaker implantation by the kind of pacemaker used? Single or dual chamber. Thank you

Fast and slow!: Tachy-brady means sometimes the heart goes too fast and other times too slow. We need a pacemaker to prevent the slow beats so we can more safely give medication to control the fast beats. The type of pacemaker depends on what type of rhythms are involved. Usually it's dual chamber unless someone is in atrial fibrillation all the time. ...Read more

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Would a delay in performing pacemaker implantation cause permanent complications?

Would a delay in performing pacemaker implantation cause permanent complications?

Why do you need it?: If you're passing out with long pauses in your rhythm, delaying implantation could be lethal. If your symptoms are infrequent and mild, delay is acceptable. It all depends on the indication. ...Read more

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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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After pacemaker implantation the heart beats faster?

After pacemaker implantation the heart beats faster?

Tachy-Brady Syndrome: U may need additional drugs to control tachyarrhythmia. See u r md. ...Read more

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After how many days of pacemaker implantation, can a person can have sex, whether male or female?

After how many days of pacemaker implantation, can a person can have sex, whether male or female?

Pacemaker: Uaually once the incision heals patients can start to resume their normal activities. It is very important that you continue to not raise your arm on the implanted side above the shoulder and not bear weight on that arm for the full 6 to 8 weeks after implantation. Activities such as swimming and golf need to be avoided until cleared by cardiology. ...Read more

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Can I donate blood if I have a pacemaker? I'm just about a month after pacemaker implantation sugery.

Can I donate blood if I have a pacemaker? I'm just about a month after pacemaker implantation sugery.

Yes you can: Nothing about the presence of a pacemaker should, by itself, exclude you from being a blood donor. Most blood banks will exclude people who have hepatitis, or risk factors for HIV. volunteer blood donor such as yourself are always needed, and you will answer a series of questions when you show up to donate blood that will determined whether you are eligible. ...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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Is it persistant AV Block 2nd degree type 1 still requiring pacemaker implantation? HR <50 at rest, 50-60 at daytime. Dizzy + SOB on daily activity.

Is it persistant AV Block 2nd degree type 1 still requiring pacemaker implantation? HR <50 at rest, 50-60 at daytime. Dizzy + SOB on daily activity.

Heart block: The key here is the presence of symptoms. If the person is experiencing dizziness (which is not due to other causes, many individuals who are athletic have a heart in the 50s and are fine) then treatment should be considered. However, I would suggest that you get a Holter monitoring with precise recording of events: if you feel dizzy then record the time and the circumstances) ...Read more

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Is it ok to gain some weight after pacemaker implantation? I gained about 5 lbs within a month after surgery. But I don't think this is edema.

Pacemaker: Reading the information you provided makes me suggest you see your doctor and ask the question. A weight gain post pacer isn't usual and could be a complication but to decide one needs information not available here and also an exam. ...Read more

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What medical problems can occurr after implantation of pacemakers?

What medical problems can occurr after implantation of pacemakers?

There are many: Early: bleeding into the pacemaker pocket / infection, lead dislodgment, perforation, arrhythmias.
Late: infection, arrhythmias, pacemaker malfunction

anytime: pacemaker syndrome (also known as av dyssynchrony syndrome)

symptoms may not improve if the indication for pacemaker insertion were soft or not really present. This is not uncommon. ...Read more

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Discussing pacemaker with physician tomorrow. Are there any long term risks associated with PM implantation in a young person? Future implocations?

Discussing pacemaker with physician tomorrow. Are there any long term risks associated with PM implantation in a young person? Future implocations?

There are: It would benefit you if you have to have a pacemaker placed that it be MRI compatible, as you may need an MRI later in the future. Also, make sure you are aware of future surgical needs like for battery pack changes. There are other possible complications like lead fracture/breaks, lead misplacement, etc. ...Read more

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How often do cardiac ablation surgeries result in complications requiring pacemakers implantation?

It depends: It depends on the ablation type: almost never for wpw, atrial fibrillation/flutter or ventricular tachycardia; 1% or less for avnrt (atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia). In avnrt, there is an extra 'lane' in the av node that conducts electrical impulses leading to tachycardia and the ablation can unintentionally damage the whole av node resulting in heart block and need for pacemaker. ...Read more

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How soon after pacemaker inplantation can there be sex?

How soon after pacemaker inplantation can there be sex?

Pacemaker: Resuming sexual activity depends on the underlying diagnosis. If you were able to have sex immediately before needing the device, activity could resume within a week after implant if no additional problems arose. The pacer itself doesn't prevent sexual activity. ...Read more

Implantation (Definition)

One common meaning refers to the process by which an embryo attaches to the uterus of a woman so that she is pregnant. Many think of it as 'sticking.' implantation in humans always occurs when the embryo is between 6-7 days old. A very popular concept on the internet now in 2012, 'implantation bleeding, ' is speculative ...Read more