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A pacemaker is a battery device used as a treatment for an irregular or slow heartbeat (arrhythmia). During the procedure, a cardiologist at Riverview Health will place a pacemaker under your skin on your chest wall. The pacemaker uses electrical signals to help restore and maintain a normal heartbeat.
A pacemaker may be recommended to treat several types of irregular and slow heartbeats. These include:
Pacemakers are made up of two main parts: wires connected to electrodes on your heart and a small internal heart pulse generator (battery). Guided by X-ray imaging, your doctor will feed the wires through a vein in your chest to your heart. The wires and electrodes will be connected, and the pulse generator will be implanted under your skin on your chest wall.
The procedure usually takes a couple of hours, and you’ll need to stay overnight in the hospital to be monitored to make sure the pacemaker is functioning properly.
After surgery, you’ll need to spend several days recovering at home. Talk with your doctor about when it’s safe to return to work and resume normal activities. It’ll be important that you avoid strenuous activity, like lifting heavy objects, for about a month. Pacemakers have batteries that often last as long as 10 years. Replacing a pacemaker battery is often performed as an outpatient procedure, and you usually go home the same day.
To receive the care you need, start by finding a primary care physician at Riverview Health by calling 317.565.0525 or by completing our online form.
Riverview Health evaluates and treats a wide array of heart conditions for people living in Noblesville, Carmel, Cicero, Fishers, Sheridan and Westfield, IN.