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A leadless pacemaker is a small, battery-powered device. It sends mild electrical signals to your heart to keep it beating normally. These signals are painless. The pacemaker can help stop the dizziness, fainting, and shortness of breath caused by a slow heart rate.
You will get medicine before the procedure. It helps you relax and helps prevent pain.
Your doctor doesn't need to make any cuts to do the procedure. Instead, he or she uses a thin tube called a catheter. The pacemaker is placed inside the catheter. The doctor puts the catheter into a blood vessel in your groin. You will get a shot to numb the skin where the catheter goes in.
Then the doctor moves the catheter through the blood vessel to your heart. You may feel pressure when the doctor does this. Your doctor may also have injected a dye into your blood vessel and heart. The dye shows up on a screen. It helps your doctor see where to move the catheter and pacemaker.
When the catheter is inside the lower right chamber of the heart (right ventricle), the doctor moves the pacemaker out of the catheter. He or she attaches the pacemaker to the heart tissue so that it doesn't move. Flexible hooks may be used. Then the catheter is removed from your body.
Most people spend the night in the hospital. Your groin may have a bruise and feel sore for a day or two.
You may feel worried about having a pacemaker. This is common. It can help if you learn about how the pacemaker helps your heart. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Adaptation Date: 6/6/2019
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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