It is a device whose purpose is to help regulate the heartbeat in patients with an altered heart rate regulation system. It consists of an electrical pulse generator and a cable that connects the pulse generator to the heart. The pacemaker is normally implanted in the chest, under the skin, making a 5-8 cm. incision, and the cable is inserted into a vein that passes through the area. The operation is performed under local anesthesia; antibiotics are usually prescribed to prevent any infection and it may be necessary to inject radiological contrast media to see the path and size of the veins.
Bed rest is recommended during the first 24hrs to prevent hematomas or the electrode from moving. After this time, the patient can get up, but it is convenient to avoid moving the arm on the side where the pacemaker was placed. About a week later after the stitches have been removed, the patient can return to normal life.
The pacemaker is powered by an internal battery that lasts about seven years. When the generator runs out, it must be replaced by a new intervention, usually in the same place as the first one.
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