What Are Pacemakers?

Pacemakers have been lifesavers and life extenders for many people worldwide. They are small electronic devices that regulate abnormal heart rhythms. This device has leads that attach to the heart and use electrical pulses to cause the heart to beat at a normal rhythm.

If you suffer from an irregular heart rate that beats too fast, too slow, or erratically, it can cause serious health problems over time. Depending on the severity, arrhythmia causes extreme fatigue, chest pains, coronary heart disease, and even heart failure. A pacemaker keeps your heart beating properly. By doing so, it helps your body receive the blood and oxygen it needs.


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Pacemaker Surgery: A Minimally Invasive Procedure

Since pacemaker surgery corrects problems with arrhythmia, it does not require open-heart surgery. It is a minimally invasive procedure, and most people can return home within 24 hours. If you have an irregular heartbeat, bradycardia (slow heart rate), or other heart rhythm conditions, you may be a candidate for a pacemaker.

In addition, a pacemaker does not need to be permanent. For some people, it is only needed for a short time. This is common after someone has had a heart attack. For these units, the battery pack can be worn on a belt.


About BHS Heart Specialists

We are leaders in providing high-quality cardiac surgical care. In addition, you’ll see that we are patient centered. That is, we are cardiology surgeons and physician assistants that provide individualized care to meet your needs. Depend on us to communicate clearly with you and work closely with your family throughout the surgical process.

Call us at 844-869-3627 to schedule an appointment with one of our heart doctors. We have several locations throughout greater San Antonio, Texas to serve our patient’s needs.

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