Pacemaker & Device Check-up



PACEMAKER & DEVICE CHECK-UP

Background

BACKGROUND

Pacemaker Clinic Check-Up services include clinic evaluation and interrogation of pacemakers and defibrillators that have been implanted in patients. A complete pacemaker check should be done four weeks after a pacemaker is implanted. A pacemaker should then be checked every six months to evaluate its function.

What happens during the pacemaker check?

You will sit in a reclining chair. A small machine known as a programmer is used to check your pacemaker. It has a wand that is placed directly over the device. This machine allows the doctor to read your pacemaker settings and make changes during testing. With these changes, the function of the pacemaker and leads can be evaluated. You may feel your heart beating faster or slower. This is normal; however, report all symptoms to the doctor. When you come in for a check-up, the Programmer is used to read the information stored in the pulse generator’s memory since the last visit. The procedure is quick and painless.

How often should my pacemaker/ Device be checked?

After implant, a pacemaker’s functions need to be checked and sometimes adjusted regular follow-up is important after a pacemaker implant. Your doctor will tell you how often you will need to have it checked. During check-ups, the doctor will determine if the device detected or treated any abnormal heart rhythms and will check the battery. These visits are very important.

When the battery function becomes low, it will become necessary to change your pacemaker (pacemakers usually last about 8 To 10 years). Patients with pacemakers & Devices [ICD/ CRT-D] need to see a cardiac Electrophysiologist at least once in 6 Months.


Dr. A.M.Karthigesan

-Senior Consultant Cardiologist & Electrophysiologist

-Chief, Cardiac Pacing and Arrhythmia Services

-Department of Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology

-Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chennai.

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