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What is the process of getting a cardiac pacemaker like?
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Dr. John Garner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: It's quick
When you come to the lab, out give you some Lidocaine in your skin which stings and burns for a moment.
After that, you'll feel some pressure and pulling as we make a space for the pacemaker. There will be a little bit of pressure as we put in the sheaths to attach wires to the heart. You may feel your heart race as we test the wires, and after a few stitches, it will all be over.

In brief: It's quick
When you come to the lab, out give you some Lidocaine in your skin which stings and burns for a moment.
After that, you'll feel some pressure and pulling as we make a space for the pacemaker. There will be a little bit of pressure as we put in the sheaths to attach wires to the heart. You may feel your heart race as we test the wires, and after a few stitches, it will all be over.
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Dr. Irv Loh
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Outpatient or 1 nite
Usually small incision under local anesthesia, pacing leads put in position under x-ray guidance, small generator box placed into surgically created pocket under skin, check function, close incision.
Voila! no big deal, 50, 000 mile warranty (kidding), but good for 7-10 years or so, depending on use.

In brief: Outpatient or 1 nite
Usually small incision under local anesthesia, pacing leads put in position under x-ray guidance, small generator box placed into surgically created pocket under skin, check function, close incision.
Voila! no big deal, 50, 000 mile warranty (kidding), but good for 7-10 years or so, depending on use.
Dr. Irv Loh
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