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Pacemaker Procedures

A pacemaker insertion is the implantation of a small electronic device that is usually placed in the chest (just below the collarbone) to help regulate slow electrical problems with the heart. A pacemaker may be recommended to ensure that the heartbeat does not slow to a dangerously low rate.

A pacemaker is composed of three parts: a pulse generator, one or more leads, and an electrode on each lead. A pacemaker signals the heart to beat when the heartbeat is too slow or irregular.

A pacemaker procedure may be performed on an outpatient basis or as part of your stay in a hospital. Procedures may vary depending on your condition and your doctor’s practices. After a pacemaker insertion, regularly scheduled appointments will be made to ensure the pacemaker is functioning properly. The doctor uses a special computer, called a programmer, to review the pacemaker’s activity and adjust the settings when needed.

Most devices will last at least 5 to 7 years, depending on use, after which the battery or pulse generator will need to be replaced. Replacing a pacemaker generator may be done on an outpatient basis or may include an overnight stay in the hospital.

Previous Page Last Review Date: August 14, 2019
Pacemaker Procedures Team
Roger Carrillo, MD

Roger Carrillo, MD

Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Hialeah 33016
Matthew Klein, MD

Matthew Klein, MD

Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology
Palm Beach Gardens 33410
David Weisman, MD, FHRS

David Weisman, MD, FHRS

Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiology
West Palm Beach 33401, Palm Beach Gardens 33410