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The Benefits Of Getting A Permanent Pacemaker Insertion

July 24, 2020
X-Ray of a person with a permanent pacemaker insertion

What are the benefits of getting a permanent pacemaker insertion?

  1. Regulates normal heartbeat
  2. It mimics your natural electrical system
  3. It treats slow heartbeat in people with atrial fibrillation
  4. It treats sick sinus syndrome
  5. It prevents heart failure

 

If you’re experiencing irregular and slow heartbeats, your doctor may recommend that you undergo minor surgery such as a permanent pacemaker insertion in the Philippines. From the term itself, a pacemaker regulates rhythm to help your heart beat at the correct pace. Upon surgery, this small battery-operated device is implanted in the chest to restore normal heart rates.

The implant is a relatively safe procedure. Instead of being negatively life-altering, getting a permanent pacemaker insertion increases the likelihood of improving your life and thus, performs the following benefits.

 

Regulates Normal Heartbeat

Cutout of a heart's natural rhythm

The normal heart rate for adults ranges from 60-100 beats per minute. If this falls unusually high or low, it may indicate an underlying health condition. If the heart beats too slow, there will not be enough blood pumped through the body. If it’s too fast, the heart’s chambers will not be filled enough in between contractions. Both comprise proper blood flow in the entire body.

Such abnormal conditions may require pacemakers. The device is implanted to ensure that the heart rate does not fall dangerously low or high. It regulates a proper heartbeat, which in turn allows for adequate blood flow through the rest of the body.

 

It Mimics Your Natural Electrical System

Our heart has a natural electrical system. This is a sequence of electrical activity that prompts the heart muscle and causes it to beat. Electrical impulses are produced from the natural pacemaker of the heart, the sinoatrial (SA) node. From here, signals are relayed to the atrioventricular node (AV node) up to the lower muscular walls of the heart, causing them to contract and pump blood. This happens repeatedly and triggers a heartbeat.

When this electrical pathway is disrupted, abnormal heart conditions occur, which is when a pacemaker becomes necessary. An implantable pacemaker mimics the natural electrical system of the heart and corrects slow electrical problems. It does so through its two parts:

  • Pulse generator: This is a small metal container that holds a battery and a tiny computer. Electrical circuits regulate the rate of pulses sent to your heart.
  • Leads (electrodes): One to three flexible, thin wires are each placed in a chamber (or chambers) of your heart to deliver the electrical pulses needed to adjust your heart rate.

 

It Treats Slow Heartbeat In People With Atrial Fibrillation

A graph of a person's heartbeat

Atrial fibrillation is a condition normally described as having a rapid heartbeat. Yet certain cases can have much slower heart rates that occur intermittently. Irregular heart rhythms like these heighten the likelihood of stroke and fatal heart disease. Prescription drugs can be fostered as a cure, but some cases do not respond well to these treatments. These patients may be advised to undergo surgeries like ablation, cardioversion, or pacemaker insertion.

Through a pacemaker procedure, a device is implanted in your chest and your doctor may program it to keep your heart rhythms normal. The pacemaker sends out electrical impulses through very thin wires called leads, which regulate abnormal electrical activity in the heart. It also stimulates faster heart rates when Atrial Fibrillation causes a slow heartbeat. This insertion can track and record your heartbeat which helps your doctor easily monitor its condition.

 

It Treats Sick Sinus Syndrome

One of the most common uses for a permanent pacemaker implant is to reverse the effects of sick sinus syndrome. As aforementioned, the sinus node is located at the heart’s upper right atrium. This produces electrical impulses, which makes it the natural pacemaker of the organ. It triggers electrical activity and is the number one administrator of a proper heartbeat.

In cases of sick sinus syndrome, the SA node works abnormally and causes a heartbeat that is very slow, very rapid, or a combination of both. Symptoms may be displayed as dizziness, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, and fainting. It is best treated through a single chamber pacemaker, which uses one wire in the right atrium (where the sinus node is located) to pace a normal heartbeat.

 

It Prevents Heart Failure

An old man having heart problems

Given the causal effect of electrical pathways, interruptions to such can lead to heart failure. It happens when problems in the electrical system disrupt the contraction of the lower chambers of your heart. As a result, these muscular walls are not able to pump enough blood for your body’s needs.

An artificial pacemaker for heart failure can help the heart pump blood back to normal. It also slows down the progression of heart failure by regulating the electrical activities in the heart.

One condition that also contributes to heart failure is ventricular hypertrophy. This happens when the muscle wall of the heart’s ventricle enlarges as it tries to make up for not pumping well. A pacemaker insertion can slow down this change and can even return the muscle wall to its normal size.

 

Key Takeaway

With advances in medicine, varying heart conditions are easily treated through minor procedures. Getting a permanent pacemaker insertion in the Philippines may be minimally invasive surgery but it still requires improvements in one’s lifestyle to ensure prolonged longevity. If you display symptoms of arrhythmia or any abnormal chest activity, seek the help of the medical professionals here at the Perpetual Help Medical Center-Las Pinas.

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