Pacemakers — The Helping Hand For Your Heart
The lifestyle of people is changing on a daily basis which is inviting an ample number of been diseases. People have got so much engaged in their work that they are hardly able to withdraw sometime for their own self. Their increasing workload and the need for more money have made them stand to a platform where they have no time for having meals, working out and they rarely spend time with their families.
Irregular and deficit meals have a great impact on their health. An unhealthy lifestyle of people and bad genetics can have a severe impact on health. The most common health issue witnessed with these problems is heart diseases and the most common heart disease is an irregular heartbeat and if proper medication and treatment are not done it can even result in death.
What is Pacemaker?
The heart has a natural pacemaker which is known as sinus node which sends out regular electric impulses that causes the chambers of the heart to contract and produce a heartbeat. If by chance your sinus node stops functioning properly then doctors recommend pacemaker.
In layman’s term pacemaker is a small medical associated device that runs on battery and is placed under the skin. This device is small and implanted to send electrical impulses to keep your heartbeat regular. The impulses produced does not shock the heart, they simply do the job of the sinus node and is used on a major scale to rectify the irregular functioning of the heart. It is basically located on the heart or abdomen for better observations.
There are some major signs which denote the usage of this device as a compulsion which include Fatigue, dizziness, fainting, lightheadedness, and much more similar to it. Pacemakers are of different varieties some perform their work only when it is needed whereas others generate impulses all of the time.
Pacemakers are of the size of a small matchbox and its weight is the same as two AAA batteries. It takes around one hour to insert a pacemaker and once it’s done the patient can return home the same day. There is nothing to panic when doctors recommend inserting pacemaker as it doesn’t have any adverse effect neither does it require any big surgery for installation, one just needs to feel relaxed and everything will be fine.
Who uses Pacemaker?
If a person witnesses irregular heartbeats whether it be fast or slow then he/she must consult a doctor as they may require a pacemaker to make their heartbeat constant. Even the person suffering from cardiovascular disease is recommended to insert pacemakers. In case you start feeling fatigued, breathing problems, faint then you must consult a doctor before it’s too late. Pacemakers can help in coping with both types of arrhythmias. The patient using pacemaker must take extra care for at least 6 weeks the patient needs to take complete care of her arm and shoulder on which side the pacemaker has been implanted and after that, the patient can return back to normal life and start their physical activity again.
The price of pacemakers are comparatively high and can’t be afforded by middle level or low-level families. Keeping this in view the Union Government has taken an initiative in which now people have to pay 5-10% less than the actual cost.
In India generally, the price of common pacemakers ranges from Rs 45000-1.5 lakhs, and the price of extraordinary pacemakers ranges from Rs 2.75 lakhs- 3 lakhs. Whereas in foreign countries the price of the latest pacemakers ranges from $ 5000- $6500 and the price of ordinary pacemakers is $4000.
- Managed Ventricular Pacing
The MVP feature helps pacemakers to maintain the correct ventricular pacing. Consequently, this significantly reduces the risks of heart failures and other fatal risks.
- Wireless Alerts
Pacemakers can give you real-time alerts regarding the cardiac muscle strains and their functioning. This helps identify any complications in time.
- Reactive ATP Algorithm
The reactive ATP feature employs complex algorithms and delivers atrial ant tachycardia pacing to identify and terminate an ongoing atrial fibrillation episode.
- PR Logic Algorithm
The automatic atrial fibrillation detection algorithms are not 100% accurate. They can give too many false alarms. The PR logic algorithms can help filter between real and false AF detections to give as high as 95% positive predictive values.
Pacemaker Pros and Cons:
Like any other device, it has a positive as well as negative side. On the one hand, it has numerous amount of advantages. Pacemakers are very useful as they store the heart rhythms which helps the doctor to make any necessary tweaks. With the use of pacemakers, one can overcome the problem of bradycardia which means that the person will start feeling energetic and even the difficulty in breathing can be overcome.
It even has certain cons like regular bruising on the area where the pacemaker is placed make the area infectious, the blood vessels get damaged in that particular area. Moreover problems such as collapsing of lungs and much more happens which can even lead to further surgeries with its use. Even these patients need to keep their electronic devices like mobile phones away from the side where the pacemaker has been fitted because the magnet can interfere with a pacemaker and certain irregular impulses can be generated. The users of pacemaker even need to avoid using inductions and traveling on escalators. Pacemakers can never cure heart diseases neither it can stop heart attacks.
These were some of the pros and cons of inserting pacemakers under your skin for the regular functioning of the heart and a constant heartbeat.
There are a few alternatives available that can replace pacemakers. Those are
- Medication: Heartbeat disorder ( slow and fast heartbeat) can be cured to some extent with the timely consumption of anti-arrhythmic.
- ICD (Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator): It is an electronic device that is bigger in size than a pacemaker and is fitted exactly below the collarbone and its wires are attached with heart.
- Cardiac catheter ablation: It is a long process and generally takes up to 2-3 hours. In this, the affected area destroyed which eliminates interruption of abnormal impulses.
NOTE: The users of pacemaker must always keep their pacemakers IWhat is Pacemaker? Pace Maker Price | Features | Pros and ConsD card with them so can it can be referred in case of emergencies.