A pacemaker is a small device that helps control abnormal heartbeat problems. It is implanted in your chest and connected to your heart, detecting when it’s beating too slowly and sending electrical pulses to help maintain a normal, steady rhythm. There are many benefits to getting a pacemaker, ranging from improved quality of life to longer life expectancy.
Potential Health Benefits
- Fewer symptoms like shortness of breath, dizziness or lightheadedness, and fatigue.
- Reduced risk of life-threatening arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation
- Lower risk of stroke
- Increased quality of life
- Potentially longer life expectancy
Things to Consider
- There are potential risks associated with getting a pacemaker, such as infection at the site of the device, bleeding, and device failure.
- It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of a pacemaker with your doctor so that you can make an informed decision.
- A pacemaker may not be an option if you have certain medical conditions, such as severe heart failure.
- A pacemaker may affect certain activities, such as swimming or contact sports.
If you’re considering a pacemaker, it’s important to discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. With the right care and monitoring, a pacemaker can help improve your quality of life and potentially add years to your life.