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What Is A Timeline For Putting In A Pacemaker
Often nonurgent: The urgency of pacemaker implantation depends on the severity of the underlying slow heart rhythm it is aimed at treating. It's rare that slow heart rates are so profound as to cause dangerously low blood pressures, but obviously if that is the case it is an emergency. Many times the symptoms are mild, and one can schedule it electively within a few days to a week. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Does pacemaker installation count as major surgery? Is this major surgery that will include a long recovery time?
Usually not : Most pacemaker surgery involves a small skin incision and is not considered major surgery and the recovery is quick. There may be some activity restrictions for a few weeks.It can be riskier in patients who are already very ill. Rarely the pacemaker wires, also known as leads, must go on the outside of the heart. This is major surgery as the chest must be opened to get to the outside of the heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The doctors told me my pacemaker could fail at any time, the battery may as well be dead. What should I look for?
Replacment: You should look for an opening in your schedule to have your battery replaced (before you pass out). ...Read more
I an very deconditioned. I have a biventricular pacemaker. Would it be better to walk at a slow pace for a longtime or short time fast paced?
Slow: Conditioning should start at a slow pace for a period that will not cause exhaustion or fatigue. This may take a while before increasing the time duration. In patients with significant cardiac impairment duration of exercise rather than intensity is better in improving functional status ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recently had PPI as earlier pacemaker gone out of power, but this time its programmed 70 bpm, had been 60bpm for a decade, is it safe to increase this?
Pacer: The pacer is probably programmed as a back up with demand rate 70 which is where most start. Ask your Doc why the change in programming. There is little difference in most cases but it is reasonable to ask the question. ...Read more
What is the recovery time after getting a pacemaker? At the end of this week, I am planning to have the procedure to place a pacemaker inside of me to keep my heart in check. What is the expected recovery time? Are there any special consideration me or my
Usually short: Most patients have the procedure as an outpatient or with a single overnight stay. There is often a restriction on arm movement and weight bearing for the arm on the side the device is placed which may be up to 6 weeks. You should check with the physician performing the procedure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Usually one night: In the hospital & some activity restriction for about 1 month ...Read more
What is the recovery time after you have a bladder pacemaker put in? I have ic and I am just wondering what to expect as for the healing process.
On blood pressure meds. Most of the time normal. Some times drops to in mid ninety over mid fifties. Have pacemaker
and on warfarin?
Can be normal: Your blood pressure constantly fluctuates, so relying on one pressure reading out of many is likely not an accurate reflection of what is usual for you. More importantly pay attention to your blood pressure trends. If your blood pressure drops to the mid 90s/50s, and you're not having symptoms such as light-headedness, it's probably ok. Consult your physician. ...Read more
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