A pacemaker is a device which is surgically implanted into a patient’s chest to help regulate their heart rate. This condition which creates irregular heartbeats is called Arrhythmia and can result in a heartbeat that is too fast or too slow, neither of which is ideal. For some patients suffering from arrhythmia, dietary and lifestyle changes can have a profoundly positive effect, but for others, a pacemaker implantation is often the best way to control their condition.
Pacemakers can help patients with irregular heart rates by speeding up or slowing down the rhythm of the heart and by coordinating the electrical signals between each of the heart’s chambers.

There are many conditions that may prompt your cardiologist to recommend a pacemaker implantation surgery, here are a few you might consider.

1. Aging Patients
As you age so too do the muscles in your body, including the heart muscle. And those aging muscles become weaker and less effective at their jobs. For this reason, it is not uncommon for elderly patients to need a pacemaker because their heart is no longer strong enough to maintain a strong and regular beat. This can simply be a result of normal aging and, in some people, compounded by the weakening of heart muscles after a heart attack or other heart-related incident.

2. Patients With Bradycardia
The average heart beats 60-100 times per minute if your heart beats more slowly than that it’s slower than normal. In some patients the heart rate is slow because they are very physically fit, this is not a problem. But in other patients, a slow heart rate means that their heart is unable to effectively move blood to the rest of their body. The onset of this condition can be caused by aging, heart disease or other related conditions, or medications. If a patients Bradycardia is untreatable with adjustments to diet and lifestyle, a pacemaker implantation surgery is often the best option.

3. Patients With Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
This one is quite a mouthful. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) is rare and difficult to diagnose which causes specific muscles in the heart to thicken making it difficult for blood to pass through. This disease can be inherited or can result from aging, but other causes are unknown. Many patients living with this condition do not experience symptoms which makes it particularly difficult to diagnose. But for those who do have symptoms they usually experience tightness in their chest and shortness of breath. While HCM is rare, it can cause heart attack resulting in death, so when cardiologists become aware of the condition they often opt for a pacemaker implantation.

Thanks to modern cardiovascular advances like pacemaker implantation, patients who suffer from a range of heart rate related conditions are able to achieve renewed health. That paired with strategic changes to diet and exercise, vitamin supplementation, as well as consistent care from a cardiologist can lead patients to a long and more healthful life. If you have concerns about your cardiac health contact us today and we’ll put you in touch with one of our very talented physicians.