Heart and Vascular
Why do I need a pacemaker?
A pacemaker is a device that’s implanted in your chest or abdomen. It uses electrical pulses to restore a normal heartbeat. Fellowship trained cardiologists at Goshen Heart & Vascular Center may recommend a pacemaker for a number of reasons, including:
- Slower than normal heartbeat (bradycardia)
- Alternating fast and slow heartbeats
- Skipped heartbeats
- Heart failure
- Heart transplant
- Congenital heart defects
Our team of experts uses leading-edge technologies and techniques to keep your heart healthy. If you need a pacemaker in Goshen, IN, trust us to care for your complete well-being.
Do you have symptoms of an irregular heartbeat that could be treated by a pacemaker? Talk to your primary care provider about a heart screening. If you don’t have a primary care provider, call (574) 537-5000 for a referral.
The pacemaker procedure at Goshen Heart & Vascular Center
Pacemakers have two parts: a small internal pulse generator and wires connected to your heart’s electrodes. During the surgery, your cardiac surgeon guides the wires through a vein to your heart and connects them. These electrodes are always in contact with your heart, creating electrical pulses to maintain a normal heartbeat.
Pacemaker implantation takes a few hours, and you will stay overnight in our hospital to make sure the pacemaker works as it should. Most people return to their normal activities within a few days.
Living with a pacemaker and healthy heart
Since pacemakers operate on batteries, you will need a replacement procedure about every 10 years. Your doctor will also schedule follow-up appointments. Most pacemakers have remote technology, meaning your doctor can manage the pacemaker using radiofrequency technology.
Though it’s unlikely that electrical devices will interfere with your pacemaker, use caution around these items:
- Cell phones – Avoid putting the phone directly on your chest.
- Medical equipment – MRI, therapeutic radiation and other procedures can meddle with your pacemaker.
- Metal detection systems – Pacemakers sometimes set off these alarms. Ask for a different form of personal search at airports and other secure areas.
- Power-generating equipment – Stay several feet away from generators, high-voltage transformers and industrial welders.
Our team provides support as you adjust to having a pacemaker. We’re committed to helping you enjoy life without constant worry about your heart health. Call (574) 537-5000 to learn more about our leading heart care center.
Goshen Heart & Vascular Center serves northern Indiana and southern Michigan by providing innovative cardiac procedures, including pacemakers, in Goshen, IN.