A pacemaker is a small device that’s placed in the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms. This device uses electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate. Pacemakers are used to treat arrhythmias. Arrhythmias are problems with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat.
Your doctor might recommend a pacemaker if you have:
- Bradycardia – This occurs when your heart beats too slowly
- Tachy-brady syndrome – This is characterised by alternating fast and slow heartbeats
- Heart block – This occurs when the electrical signals of your heart is delayed or blocked
How Is It Done?
A pacemaker implantation is done under local anaesthesia to numb the area of the incision. It is usually performed while you’re awake and typically takes a few hours.
You will stay in a hospital one day after having a pacemaker implanted. Your pacemaker will be programmed to fit your pacing needs and education regarding the care of the pacemaker will be given before discharged from hospital.
MICRA – Leadless Pacemaker
MICRA pacemaker is the latest and smallest leadless pacemaker. Unlike the conventional pacemaker that is placed under patient’s chest with leads running to the heart, MICRA pacemaker is implanted directly into patient’s heart via a vein in your leg. Thus, a MICRA is proven to be less invasive procedure with no chest incision, no chest scar and fewer medical complications.
Not every hospital conduct MICRA leadless pacemaker implantation. If this cannot be undertaken at your local hospital, you may need to travel to a centre that can perform this procedure.