Non-Physician

Your Pacemaker

What is it?

What is a pacemaker? A pacemaker is an implanted medical device that stimulates the heart muscle with precisely timed discharges of electricity, which cause the heart to beat in a manner very similar to the natural heart rhythm. Pacemakers are prescribed for people whose hearts beat too slowly or irregularly.

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How is it implanted?

For most adults, a lead is usually inserted through a vein and guided into the right ventricle or the right atrium of the heart. This is called an endocardial lead ("endo" means "inside", "cardio" means "heart") or a transvenous lead (because it is inserted through the vein). One or more pacing leads are used, depending on your medical condition.

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How is it programmed?

All advanced Vitatron cardiac devices are supported by the Vitatron 2090 programmer.

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Other useful information about your pacemaker

Living with a pacemaker usually requires some adjustments, such as restricting your arm movements for the first few weeks and visiting your doctor for regular checkups. But pacemakers help millions of people live more full and active lives.

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