A pacemaker is an electronic device used to make abnormally slow heart beat into normal.
Whenever the patient's heart beats slow down or they become irregular, the pacemaker sends an electrical impulse to the heart and stimulates it to beat normally. Usually pacemaker adjustments are done before the implant is done so it can function normally after it is surgically implanted on the wall of the chest.
The adjustments to the pacemaker are done by a cardiologist who is an expert in these matters and the settings of the pacemaker are changed after extensive tests including electrocardiogram.
Usually a patient who has a pacemaker has to visit the hospital once or twice a year for checkups. These are usually to see whether the pacemaker is functioning properly. In addition, these checkups are important to do pacemaker adjustments which are done without any surgical procedure. The pacemaker adjustments are done using a specially designed radio frequency programmer which has a wand. The wand is placed over the device, which is under the skin and the adjustments, if any, are done in this manner.
A pacemaker gives all the necessary data to the cardiologist who then decides whether adjustments are required. One thing is for sure that from time to time, you will be requiring pacemaker adjustments or else you will start feeling the side effects like irregular heart beats, fatigue and breathlessness. In addition, you will also notice a pounding sensation in your chest or neck.
Where pacemaker adjustments and side effects are concerned, you will either have to undergo an electrocardiogram or the doctor will take a 24-hour reading of the heart's electrical activity. If the electrocardiogram or the reading is abnormal, the doctor will manually do the adjustments and you will immediately notice a disappearance in the side effects.
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