Wednesday, December 09, 2015

A pacemaker is a small device that's placed in the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about pacemakers and why some people need them in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A pacemaker is a small device, about the size of a half-dollar, thats placed under the skin near your heart to help control your heartbeat. A pacemaker is implanted as part of whats often referred to as cardiac resynchronization therapy.

People may need a pacemaker for a variety of reasons mostly due to one of a group of conditions called arrhythmias, in which the hearts rhythm is abnormal.

Normal aging of the heart may disrupt your heart rate, making it beat too slowly. Heart muscle damage resulting from a heart attack is another common cause of disruptions of your heartbeat. Some medications can affect your heart rate as well. For some, genetic conditions cause an abnormal heart rate. Regardless of the underlying cause of an abnormal heart rate, a pacemaker may fix it.

A pacemaker can often be implanted in your chest with a minor surgery. You may need to take some precautions in your daily life after your pacemaker is installed.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.