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Pacemakers - Living With a Pacemaker

Pacemaker  Heart pacing  Cardiac pacing  Arrhythmia  Conduction disorder  Bradycardia  Leadless  Transvenous 

A pacemaker can improve daily life for many people. Once you have a pacemaker, you will need regular doctor visits to check your health condition and the pacemaker. Carry your pacemaker ID card with you for emergencies. Show it to airport security, new doctors, or other people who need to know about your device. The card should have information on the type of pacemaker and leads you have, when you got the pacemaker, and your doctor’s contact information.

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Pacemakers - After Getting a Pacemaker

Pacemaker  Heart pacing  Cardiac pacing  Arrhythmia  Conduction disorder  Bradycardia  Leadless  Transvenous 

After getting a permanent pacemaker, you will recover in the hospital for a few hours or overnight. Your healthcare team will tell you about any precautions or problems to watch out for during your recovery. You will receive a card with information about the device and its settings, your doctor, and the hospital where you got it. Be sure to carry this card with you at all times.

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Pacemakers - How Is a Pacemaker Placed?

Pacemaker  Heart pacing  Cardiac pacing  Arrhythmia  Conduction disorder  Bradycardia  Leadless  Transvenous 

The procedure may be planned ahead of time, or it may be done during an emergency (temporary pacemaker). You will be given medicine to make parts of your body numb or make you sleep during the procedure. You may receive antibiotics to prevent infection and blood thinning medicine to prevent blood clots during the procedure. Different types of pacemakers require different procedures to place them.

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Pacemakers - Before Getting a Pacemaker

Pacemaker  Heart pacing  Cardiac pacing  Arrhythmia  Conduction disorder  Bradycardia  Leadless  Transvenous 

Before deciding to get a pacemaker, discuss your options with your doctor. You can bring along these and other questions you may have: • What are the benefits and risks of a pacemaker? • What other treatment options do I have? • How will a pacemaker affect my life? • What kind of pacemaker is best for me? • What happens during the procedure? • How long will the pacemaker last?

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Pacemakers - How Pacemakers Work

Pacemaker  Heart pacing  Cardiac pacing  Arrhythmia  Conduction disorder  Bradycardia  Leadless  Transvenous 

Pacemakers use low-energy electrical pulses to control the rate and rhythm of your heartbeat. Traditional pacemakers send the electrical pulses through wires, also known as leads. Wireless pacemakers are a newer kind of pacemaker without wires.

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