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Pacemaker FAQ’s: Check Your Equipment Regularly

Pacemaker Checks with Hollywood Internal Medicine Specialists

The heart can be damaged in such a severe way that the electrical rhythm essential to healthy function can become interrupted causing irregularities in an individual’s heartbeat. If an irregular heartbeat is discovered, a person may require a pacemaker to correct the complication. The pacemaker device is installed to correct the complications occurring in some parts because of cardiac impulse formation problems or conduction failure of the atrioventricular node.

The procedure is as non-invasive as possible and rarely requires lengthy hospital stays. After a period of time, those that have pacemakers installed are able to go back to life as normal confident that the device will adapt to continuously correct any future irregularities.

How often should I get my pacemaker checked?

After the initial surgery to install the device, it is best to complete a full check up within six weeks in order to ensure your new pacemaker can continue to help you for as long as mechanically possible. Though after your first check up, it is recommended you schedule a visit to your doctor every three to six months to be certain your pacemaker is continuing to function correctly.

How long will my pacemaker work?

Most regular pacemakers have a service life of six to eight years, though those with an ICD tend to have shorter service lives.

How can I tell if I need a new pacemaker?

Once you’ve received a pacemaker it is important that you regularly schedule screenings at pacemaker clinics such as internal medicine specialists Hollywood to monitor function and determine when a replacement will be necessary. Though some devices will beep when they are nearing the end of their service life.

The pacemaker is but one of many facets within a heart failure management program among medication, lifestyle changes, and dieting. Your individual doctor will determine if resynchronization therapy is the right course of treatment for you.

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