If you’re at the point in your life where you need pacemaker implantation, you’re probably looking forward to a day when you don’t wake up thinking about the beating of your heart. The worry and stress that come along with your understandable preoccupation with your heartbeat can take a toll on you and keep you from living the life you want to live. The great news is, the pacemaker implantation surgery will give you a new lease on life and allow you to enjoy it without constantly wondering if your heart is working properly.
The purpose of a pacemaking device is to regulate the heart rate of individuals whose hearts can’t regulate themselves. For a variety of reasons, patients’ hearts may beat too fast or slow, or too irregularly to maintain proper cardiac health. When this irregularity occurs, cardiologists prescribe pacemaking devices to ensure that the heart keeps time. The pacemaker implantation surgery is much simpler than you might think. It does not require open-heart surgery or hours on the operating table. It is a minimally invasive procedure during which patients remain awake the entire time.
Pacemaker implantation is one of many highly misunderstood procedures that we perform. Generally, people understand what a pacemaker does, but few people know much about the pacemaker implantation procedure itself, or what you can expect from life after it’s done. Before you undergo pacemaker implantation surgery, here are some things you should begin thinking about so you’re ready for a strong recovery.
What Can You Expect After Surgery?
It’s difficult to specify how your recovery will go. Everyone who undergoes pacemaker implantation surgery does so for a different reason and with their own set of preexisting conditions. To understand what your recovery will look like, you must share your questions and concerns directly with your cardiologist. No one knows your case as closely as your doctors. Generally speaking, the recovery after a pacemaker surgery can take up to a few months.
How to Protect Your Pacemaking Device
Your pacemaker’s job is to take care of your heart, so you should make it your job to take good care of your pacemaker. Your device can be impacted by the other devices that you use each day. It’s important to remember that your pacemaker is an electronic device and other such devices can interfere with its functioning. Speak with your cardiologist about the potential yet minimal risks that technology can have on your pacemaker.
The other thing to bear in mind is that the pacemaking device is implanted just below your skin and in some cases can still be seen and felt from the outside. Any direct impact to the pacemaker implantation area can cause damage to it. You should refrain from high-impact sports indefinitely and should participate in other physical activity at the direction of your cardiologist.
Living a Heart-Healthy Life
Your pacemaker is a lifeline, but it’s not the final answer. It’s helping to maintain a steady heartbeat, but it isn’t meant to work against your bad habits. To get the most out of this life-saving device, we urge you to begin taking steps today to rethink your habits. There’s a popular saying that the things you put in your body (meaning food, drink, and other substances) and the way you move your body (meaning exercise and general activity) either make you more healthy or less healthy. There isn’t a neutral zone. Of course, there is balance, no one expects you to turn into an Olympic athlete. But as you proceed in the weeks, months, and years after your pacemaker implantation, we hope you will get into the habit of considering how each and everything you do is making you more or less well.
And for those who don’t know, your wellness comes down to more than simply the things you eat and the way you move. Cardiac wellness is also impacted by how well you sleep, how you handle stress, and whether you are in healthy meaningful relationships. To get the most of your pacemaker implantation, you might consider doing an audit of your whole life. Again, for more details about the diet and lifestyle that is ideal for your particular case, confer with your doctor.
Pacemaker Implantation Gives Patients a New Lease On Life
The goal of this and any other surgical procedure is to give you a fresh start and to allow you to enjoy your life without fear of what may happen if your heart gives out. The surgery is simple and your whole case is being monitored by a team of cardiology experts. What happens next, after your surgery and recovery, is based in part on the path you carve for yourself moving forward. As you begin your pacemaker implantation journey, please reach out to us with any questions you have. And if you’re not yet under the care of a cardiologist, contact our office for more information about how you can join our family.