How Do You Know When You Need a Pacemaker?

Nov 15, 2020

If you are looking to have a steady heartbeat, then implanting a pacemaker is a standard heart procedure. But the most important thing, how do you know if you need to have a pacemaker implanted?

When you walk in and tell the doctor that you are feeling dizzy, you are immediately referred to a cardiologist or electrophysiologist, who will determine if your heart rate is too slow.

If you feel tired, fatigued, dizzy, excessive shortness of breath, it is time you should see a doctor. The chances are that after an initial checkup, the doctor will suggest you be evaluated for a pacemaker. If the doctor suspects you might be facing a heart rhythm issue, he will place you on a portable heart monitor. It is a small device with wires and patches that the doctor will attach to your skin. This device will monitor your heart rhythm for several days. Based on the results, the doctor will conclude if you need a pacemaker or not. To confirm the diagnosis, the doctor might ask you to take an electrocardiogram. In some cases, you might have to undergo a colonoscopy.

Some people think that a pacemaker will limit their activities, but it’s the complete opposite. Once a pacemaker has been implanted and completely healed, you can have an everyday life. People go back to hunting, fishing, and sports. Several have gone back to their businesses or practiced as a lawyer or doctor. They do not have to interrupt their life at all. Most people feel much better after getting a pacemaker.

If you feel any of those symptoms or need more information about pacemakers, please call 281-796-8733. Or visit our website at octagoshealth.com. We can set up a demo and discuss your options.