Getting a Pacemaker

Implanting a pacemaker is typically done under local anaesthesia. It does not require open-heart surgery, and most people go home within 24 hours, ready to begin their recovery.

Factors Your Doctor May Consider

Your doctor will use specific criteria to determine if you are a potential candidate for a pacemaker.
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Your Healthcare Team

Several types of doctors specialise in treating people with bradycardia. A good first step is to see your primary care doctor or GP.
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Surgery: What to Expect

Your healthcare team will walk you through the surgical process, which includes important steps before, during, and following the procedure to implant a pacemaker.
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Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 27 Sep 2010

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