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A pacemaker, or cardiac pacing device, can help your heart beat normally if you have an irregular heartbeat. At ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center, with offices in Dearborn, Detroit, and Trenton, Michigan, and a diagnostic and imaging center in Trenton, the highly skilled team of cardiologists uses the most advanced pacemakers to help their patients have the best heart function. Book your appointment online, or call the nearest office to learn more now. 

Pacemaker Q & A

What is a pacemaker?

A pacemaker is a small device that regulates an irregular heartbeat. Your heart has specialized “pacemaker cells,” called the sinoatrial node, that emit electrical impulses to cause heart muscle contractions at the right times. 

If there’s a problem with your heart’s own natural pacemaker, you may need an implanted medical device (a pacemaker) to take over its job and establish a normal heart rhythm. A pacemaker goes under the skin in your upper chest and links with your heart through electrical leads.

There are also temporary pacemakers, which you wear externally for a limited time when you’re expected to recover fully from the problem causing your irregular heartbeat. 

When might I need a pacemaker?

A pacemaker can correct a number of issues with your heart’s electrical signaling patterns, including:

  • Bradycardia: Heartbeat is too slow
  • Tachycardia: Heartbeat is too fast
  • Sick sinus syndrome: Malfunctioning sinoatrial node
  • Atrial fibrillation: Rapid and irregular heartbeat
  • Heart block: Top heart chambers don’t signal the bottom ones properly
  • Heart attack prevention if you’re at-risk for a heart attack 
  • Preventing heart failure progression 
  • Congenital heart abnormalities

A pacemaker may be part of a complete treatment plan. For example, if you have heart failure, a big part of your treatment involves healthy changes like limiting sodium, regular exercise, and weight management along with medical interventions like medication and possibly a pacemaker.

How long is recovery after getting a pacemaker?

At ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center, the experienced physicians offer same-day procedures in their state-of-the-art facility whenever possible. Some pacemaker implantations may require an overnight stay in the hospital. 

The experienced team uses the most advanced minimally invasive approaches to implant your pacemaker, which means you can enjoy the smoothest recovery. 

You need to avoid strenuous activities for a while, but most people return to all of their normal activities within a month. 

How often do I need to get my pacemaker checked?

The ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center team recommends a schedule to check your pacemaker, including verifying that the battery and wires are functional and, if necessary, reprogramming the device. 

You may be able to check in with the team remotely to make sure your pacemaker is working as it should. 

A pacemaker can ease discomfort and greatly improve your quality of life if you have an irregular heartbeat or other heart problems. Call ARK Cardiovascular & Arrhythmia Center, or click on the provided booking tool to learn more about pacemakers now.