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What is a timeline for putting in a pacemaker?

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 more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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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Does pacemaker installation count as major surgery? Is this major surgery that will include a long recovery time?

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 more

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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

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 more

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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?

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 more

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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?

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