A permanent pacemaker is a half dollar size device, which is implanted into the patient's upper chest. Attached wires are fed through a large blood vessel into the heart. Pacemakers provide a reliable heartbeat when the heart's own rhythm is too slow.
The patient is sedated, but most often does not require general anesthesia. Generally, an overnight hospital stay is necessary. Regular follow up visits to the pacemaker clinic are scheduled to test pacemaker functioning.
For more specific, detailed information regarding this or any other cardiac procedure, please call the Cardiac Cath Lab at (608) 775-2233 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 52233, Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.