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Pacemaker Implant

A pacemaker is a device which is implanted for a number of different reasons:

1. You have experienced or, you are at risk of experiencing fainting or blackouts, this is because your heart rate has become too slow or
2. You require a special device for heart failure to help the pumping action of your heart.

The pacemaker consists of the device itself and pacemaker leads, these special leads are guided into place using x-rays, once positioned, the leads are tested and are then connected to the pacemaker device which is small in size, both the leads and the device are then implanted under the skin on the top left hand side of the chest. You will be awake during the procedure however local anaesthetic is used. The procedure takes place in the cardiac catheter laboratory which is a sterile environment.

Before the Test

  • You will be seen in a pre-assessment clinic at the Thomas Linacre Centre where you will be counselled and a full explanation of the procedure will be given
  • Blood tests will be done as well as swabs of your nose and groin for MRSA
  • Please inform the staff on the day if you have any allergies

What to expect

  • There is no need to fast for a pacemaker implant just have a light breakfast before 8.00am
  • The procedure takes one - two hours and then you will stay in hospital for a further one – two. It is a day case procedure (no overnight stay)
  • Bring some reading materials as you may need to wait a little while once you have been admitted before you  go through to the Lab for your test  
  • Warfarin will be stopped four days prior to the pacemaker implant
  • Metformin for diabetes will be stopped on the day of the procedure and advice will be given on the day when to recommence   
  • You will need someone to stay at home with you after the Pacemaker implant
  • Relatives who come to hospital with you will not be allowed in during the procedure however they are more than welcome to wait at the hospital  or can come back at the end of your recovery time
  • Please ensure you have a copy of your current medication to hand.