Heart Clinic of Louisiana physicians provide services in both the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal heart rates called cardiac arrhythmias. He services include pacemaker implantation and the long term management and surveillance of these devices.
What is a pacemaker?
A pacemaker is a device that sits under the skin of a person's chest that monitors and treats abnormal heart rates. Different conditions, such as certain heart problems, can cause a person’s heart rate to be abnormal. Symptoms of an abnormal heart rate may include feeling dizzy or lightheaded, trouble breathing, feeling confused, or fainting.
How does a pacemaker work?
A pacemaker monitors for these abnormal rates and sends electrical signals to the heart when they are detected. The electrical signals cause the heart to beat at a normal rate. Most of the time, pacemakers are used to treat heart rates that are too slow. But pacemakers can also prevent or control a heart rate that is too fast.
What happens after I get a pacemaker?
After you get a pacemaker you will need to follow up with your doctor on a regular basis. Heart Clinic of Louisiana offers monitoring and surveillance services for pacemakers which we have implanted as well as those devices you may have received from another facility. We have designated staff trained in checking your pacemaker to ensure that it continues to function properly. For more information on pacemaker resources provided by Heart Clinic of Louisiana please visit our Pacemaker Clinic page.