How much do you know about pacemakers? You’re familiar with the device, maybe you know someone who has one. But have you ever wondered if you’re a candidate for one of these devices?
Patients whose cardiac condition necessitates a pacemaker implantation surgery are generally not surprised by their diagnosis. These patients most often have ongoing, preexisting conditions that eventually escalate until the require intervention with a pacemaker. Here are three preexisting conditions that often lead to pacemaker implantation.

Cardiovascular Disease
Heart disease is an umbrella condition that refers to a number of other conditions including chronic high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, cardiac arrest and more. Many patients with the “cardiovascular disease” classification experience symptoms due to lifestyle-related complications like clogged arteries or high blood pressure. Long term damage caused by these complications makes it increasingly more difficult for your heart to operate normally. That’s where pacemaker implantation comes in. In patients with cardiovascular disease, a pacemaker helps regulate the patient’s heartbeat when damage to the organ makes it difficult to self-regulate.

Congenital Defects
Unlike patients with cardiovascular disease, those with congenital heart defects were born with physical complications that make it difficult for their heart to beat normally. In the case of patients who end up needing pacemaker implantation surgery, those physical complications involve the heart’s natural electrical system. An example of an electrical issue caused by a congenital defect is the arrhythmia. Patients with arrhythmia experience heartbeats that are too fast, too slow, or simply irregular. It is not uncommon for a pacemaker device to be used to regulate these issues. When once, pacemaker devices were intended to simply prevent death, they now are thought of as a tool to improve patient’s long term quality of life.

Natural Signs Of Aging
Even the healthiest people get older, and eventually their organs begin to slow down. Your heart is just as susceptible to aging as your eyes, or those runners legs. These tired, older hearts need support from time to time to continue pumping at a healthy rate. In that case, a pacemaker can be implanted to keep the muscle pumping and providing blood to an overall healthy body. Often the toll of age happens in conjunction with some other kind of cardiovascular disease, but not always.

Modern medicine has created a remarkable way to stabilize patient’s heart rates with a small pacemaker device, during a short and simple surgery. Devices like these play a valuable role in improving the quality of life, and even extending the lives of people with any number of different cardiac conditions. Are you curious about how a pacemaker might improve your life? If so, contact us today.