Biventricular Pacemaker (cont.)
In this Article
- Biventricular pacemaker introduction
- What is a biventricular pacemaker?
- Who is a candidate for a biventricular pacemaker?
- My doctor recommends combination ICD and pacemaker therapy. Why?
- How do I prepare for the biventricular pacemaker implant?
- What happens during the pacemaker implant?
- A closer look at what happens during the endocardial approach
- What happens after the pacemaker is implanted?
- When will I be able to go home after getting the pacemaker?
- How do I care for my wound?
- When will I be able to perform my normal activities after getting the pacemaker?
- How often do I need to get my pacemaker checked?
- How long will my pacemaker last?
- How will I know if my pacemaker needs to be changed?
- Find a local Cardiologist in your town
How Often Do I Need to Get my Pacemaker Checked?
A complete pacemaker check should be done 6 weeks after your pacemaker is implanted. This check is very important because adjustments will be made that can prolong the life of your pacemaker.
Further follow-up pacemaker checks are scheduled every 3 to 6 months.
Here is an outline of the pacemaker follow-up schedule:
- Check before you are discharged from the hospital, the day after implantation
- Telephone call 2 weeks after implantation to make sure the wound is healing and to ensure the transmitter is working
- 6 week check
- Pacemaker analysis every 3 to 6 months
How Long Will My Pacemaker Last?
Regular pacemakers usually last 4 to 8 years. Biventricular pacemakers that are combined with an ICD and do not tend to last as long (about 4 to 6 years).
How Will I Know If My Pacemaker Needs to Be Changed?
After getting a pacemaker, you will need to follow up with the doctor and nurses in a pacemaker clinic. This will allow them to monitor your pacemaker's function and anticipate when it will need to be changed. Some pacemakers give a beep that you can hear when the pacemaker is getting clost to needing to be replaced.
Resynchronization therapy is only one part of a comprehensive heart failure management program. Device and/or surgical therapy, when combined with taking medications, following a low-sodium diet, making lifestyle changes, and following up with a heart failure specialist, will help you decrease symptoms and live a more active life. Your doctor will help determine what treatment options are best for you.
The Cleveland Clinic.
Reviewed by Robert J Bryg, MD on January 24, 2008
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Last Editorial Review: 1/24/2008
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