Heart Pacemakers

Dr. Al Loujami Mazen

Cardiology

Damascus - Syria

The human heart beats an average of 60 to 100 times a minute. It is normal for the speed and regularity of your heartbeat to vary (for instance, it increases if you are

 

 anxious or have just exerted yourself). The heart has a natural pacemaker—a special group of cells that send electrical impulses over the heart and keep it beating at an appropriate and regular rate. If your heart beats too slowly to meet the needs of your body, you may need an artificial pacemaker to make sure your heart beats at a sufficient rate.

Pacemakers are complex devices and therefore require careful follow-up after they are inserted

WHAT IS AN ARTIFICIAL PACEMAKER?

An artificial pacemaker is a small battery-operated device that helps the heart beat at the correct rate. It sends electrical impulses to the heart through a wire(s), replacing the function of your natural pacemaker.

WHO MIGHT NEED A PACEMAKER?

TYPES OF PACEMAKERS

LET PEOPLE KNOW YOU HAVE A PACEMAKER

Carry a card with you at all times in your wallet indicating that you have a pacemaker. Equipment used by doctors and dentists can affect pacemaker function and, in certain situations, you may not be able to inform a medical professional that you have one.