When do I need a pacemaker?
- Posted on: Apr 15 2020
The heart is to the body as the engine is to the car. Patients who are diagnosed with certain issues of the heart need to work with a cardiologist to determine the best course of treatment to keep their heart strong and fully functioning. Patients who have abnormal heart rhythms may be told that a pacemaker is right for them.
What is a pacemaker?
The doctors of the Orlando Heart and Vascular Institute describe the pacemaker as a special implant placed in the chest or abdomen during surgery to normalize an irregular heartbeat. It works by sending electrical impulses to the heart to keep the heart working properly.
What conditions will a pacemaker treat?
Pacemakers are best used for normalizing an abnormal heart rhythm. It is commonly suggested for patients who have been diagnosed with:
- Bradycardia (slow heartbeat)
- Tachycardia (fast heartbeat)
- Atrial fibrillation (quivering heartbeat)
- Electrical signaling issues
What causes an abnormal heartbeat?
Heart arrhythmia may be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Genetic conditions
- Heart damage
- Natural aging
- Certain medications
When should I consider a pacemaker?
Because pacemakers address a wide range of heartbeat concerns, the recommendation of placing a pacemaker is often left to the doctor. At Orlando Heart and Vascular Institute, we provide diagnostic tools to determine the problem at hand. Some conditions may be improved with alternative solutions before considering the placement of a pacemaker. Our team will often suggest the most conservative options first. If problems continue, the doctor may recommend that a patient consider a pacemaker to normalize their heart rhythms and reduce the symptoms associated with their specific condition. If patients are told that a pacemaker would benefit them, this appointment is a great time to ask their cardiologist about this device and what to expect before and after placement.
Learn more about pacemakers today
Many Altamonte Springs, FL area patients have questions about pacemakers and when they require one. If you want to speak to a practitioner who can help you decide the right time to have a pacemaker placed, we welcome you to call our office at (407) 767-8554. The Orlando Heart and Vascular Institute is conveniently located at 450 West Central Parkway and accepts new patients.
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