Cardiac Pacing

Heart valve disease refers to any of several conditions that prevent one or more of the valves in the heart from functioning adequately to assure proper circulation. A temporary cardiac pacer is an intervention that helps the heartbeat get back to a normal pace when it has lost its rhythm for some time. This solution can be used from a few days to several weeks until your heart is back to normal.

Some people may have more prolonged or even permanent heart problems. In such a case whereby your heart has a rhythm problem, a permanent pacemaker may be needed. This kind of cardiac pacer is a small pacing box that gets surgically inserted inside the chest to assist your heart function better than before.

Good heart contractions at a healthy heart rate are essential for the release of oxygen and nutrients to your whole body’s organs and tissues. Without enough oxygen and nutrients, your body is at risk of disease and shutting down. Different people will experience various problems, but cardiac pacing is specially designed to restore a good heartbeat.

How does it work?

To answer this question, we need to know how a single heartbeat happens; a heartbeat is triggered when a small electrical current is delivered to the heart muscle which results in muscle’s contraction. When the muscles contracts, the heart pumps blood out, which leads to a heartbeat. Cardiac pacing is needed when the heart fails to do this effectively.

There are two kinds of methodologies in cardiac pacing solutions. First is single chamber pacing, which involves inserting an electrode wire into either the right ventricle or right atrium, and second, there is what is known as dual chamber pacing that involves placing an electrode into both the right atrium and right ventricle.

Pacemaker surgery

Getting a pacemaker surgery is not as scary as it may seem. The procedure to implant a pacemaker does not require open heart surgery and most people can go home within a 24-hour time frame. The pacemaker is inserted under your skin on your chest which will help regulate your heart rate.

Cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT)

If you have heart failure and have developed a heart condition, you may be a candidate for cardiac resynchronisation therapy. A CRT device sends small electrical impulses to both lower chambers so that your heart can be able to beat at a more synchronised rhythm.