Your heart beats (pumps blood) because special cells in your heart (the sinus node, your heart's natural pacemaker) produce electrical impulses. The impulses cause your heart to contract and pump blood. Your sinus node causes those impulses to travel down to the muscle walls of your heart, causing your heart to contract.
Sometimes, there may be an interference in the way the impulse travels. When this occurs, there may be problems that change your heart rhythm. They include either:
The pacemaker will make your heart beat regularly and give the cells in your body adequate oxygen and nutrition.
A pacemaker helps your heart beat regularly and give your body the oxygen it needs.
This is general information. Please see your After Visit Summary given to you by your provider for how to take care of yourself after surgery.
Your health care team will work with you to understand any challenges you have after your hospital stay. This will help your team work toward a plan to make sure you have the right care and support to help manage your health after you leave the hospital.
You had a pacemaker placed in your chest to help your heart beat at a normal rate.
Take any prescription or over-the-counter medicine as directed.
Call your health care provider if:
Call 911 if you feel you are having a medical emergency.
Please keep all follow-up appointments with your health care provider or specialist, even if you are feeling well.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Permanent Pacemaker Insertion, cvs-ah-31235 (last reviewed 4/15) and Care after a Pacemaker Implant, cvs-ah-10024 (last reviewed 8/16)
Allina Health's Patient Education Department
Parts of the heart that make a heartbeat.
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