The Pacemaker. All of us would have heard about the pacemaker. But What is it? When is it used? How does it help? A Pacemaker can actually function like a generator giving impulse or current to the heart to start beating again. In a simple surgical procedure a surgeon implants the pacemaker under the skin and connects it to the heart through a wire. Who needs a pacemaker? The average heart, beats 60 to 80 times in a minute, in a regular coordinated manner. When the natural electrical impulses in the heart becomes too slow or interrupted it usually manifests as symptoms of dizziness or fainting. In these cases based on the condition of the patient the doctor may advice using a pacemaker which delivers electrical impulses to keep the heart beating in the regular fashion. In some people not only the electrical impulses in the heart become weak, but the heart chambers become weak as well. In some such cases the doctor may employ a bi-ventricular pacemaker. What precautions should one observe if he has been implanted with a pacemaker or an ICD? A pacemaker is generally implanted under local anesthesia so you will remain conscious throughout the process. After the procedure is completed your doctor will have you stay at the hospital for couple of days to monitor your health and make sure the newly installed pacemaker is working well. Most patients resume their regular lifestyle after the observing precautions for the few days. Vigorous exercise and heavy lifting must be avoided for a month after surgery. Patients should not keep the cell phones in the breast pocket close to which the device has been implanted. They should also avoid coming in close with the metal detectors. The use of most home appliances including microwave ovens don’t cause any problems.To Know more consult our cardiologists @ Agada Hospital.