Age and diseases may make your heart a little tired or fatigued. But your heart cannot take a rest, can it? It has to keep beating to keep you alive. And sometimes it needs medical help like a pacemaker to do the same. Dr. Siva Kumar Reddy is one of the best cardiologists, who is skilled at performing such surgeries.
What Is A Pacemaker?
The heart beats as a response to electrical signals that are sent to it. If the signaling goes wrong, there may arise irregularities in the beating of the heart like rapid beating, skipped beats, etc. This problem can be fixed using a pacemaker.
The pacemaker is a small device that is implanted near your heart. It releases mild electric pulses prompting the heart to beat regularly.
Why Is A Pacemaker Needed?
Pacemakers are needed when there is a problem of electrical signaling in the heart. It can cure health conditions like:
- Arrhythmia – irregular heartbeat
- Tachycardia – fast heartbeat
- Bradycardia – slow heartbeat
It can give you relief from symptoms like breathlessness, persistent tiredness, sudden fainting, convulsions, etc. It prevents the risk of cardiac arrest in patients who are prone to it.
Pacemakers also track each activity of the heart giving your doctor a clear picture regarding your heart’s health. Some of them also help in controlling your blood temperature.
How Is a Pacemaker Inserted?
At first, you will be given sedation so that you can sleep through the procedure. Then, an incision is made in your leg (usually) through which the entire operation is performed. The progress of the operation can be monitored by a live screening of X-ray images on a monitor.
A guiding sheath covers the pacemaker as it is threaded into your heart. Once it reaches your right ventricle, it will be screwed into your heart muscle which will eventually grow around it, fixing it in that position. The sheath is then removed. This procedure can also be performed in a traditional open-heart surgery.
You will need to stay under observation of some time to ensure the success of the procedure. Post that, you will require a few days to a few weeks to recover completely from the surgical injuries. In the meantime, take a rest and all your prescribed medicines properly.
How Should You Manage A Life With a Pacemaker?
The most important factor to remember after getting a pacemaker implantation is that you will need to visit your cardiologist at least 3-4 times a year to ensure that the device is working properly.
In addition, you must also avoid extremely strenuous activities. Avoid prolonged contact with mobile phones, microwaves, and other electrical devices. Always carry your pacemaker ID to avoid any unlikely trouble with metal detectors.
If you follow a disciplined life, a pacemaker can help you live to your fullest.
Pacemaker Insertion By Dr. Siva Kumar Reddy
Dr. Siva uses only the best pacemaker devices and works with an adept surgical team each time he performs a pacemaker insertion. He also keeps a close eye on each of his patients even after they recover to ensure that they are maintaining the device and their health properly.