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A pacemaker may save your life if you have an abnormal heart rhythm. Your Tomball, TX, cardiologist, Dr. Daljit Muttiani of Cardiovascular Institute, diagnoses and treats heart diseases and conditions that affect heart rhythm and electrical activity.
Who can benefit from a pacemaker?
Heart rate and rhythm are controlled by your heart's electrical system. Heart disease, heart medications, inherited conditions, and aging can all affect the organ's ability to control and maintain a normal rhythm.
Problems can occur if your heartbeats are irregular or slower/faster than normal. Symptoms of these problems, known as arrhythmias, can include shortness of breath, fainting, and fatigue. If the problem is severe, collapse or sudden death can occur.
A pacemaker corrects abnormal heart rhythms by speeding up or slowing down your heart rate and improving the coordination of electrical signals between the various parts of your heart. The devices can even record your breathing rate and the temperature of your blood and transmit this information to your cardiologist.
How does a pacemaker work?
Pacemakers send electrical impulses to your heart to keep it beating normally. The device is implanted in your chest during a minor surgical procedure. The first step of the procedure involves making a small incision in your shoulder. Your cardiologist then uses a special needle to thread the pacemaker wires to your heart.
She also creates a small opening in the skin of your chest or abdomen and places the battery-powered pacemaker inside. Pacemakers aren't very big, just around the size of a matchbox. Once the pacemaker is in position, it's connected to the wires that were threaded into your heart.
After testing the pacemaker, your Tomball heart doctor closes the incision. Since the pacemaker is just under your skin, it will create a slight bump, but won't affect your ability to wear normal clothing. Pacemakers often last five-to-seven years before they need to be replaced during another minor procedure.
Concerned about your cardiovascular health? Give us a call
A pacemaker can help you protect your heart health. If you're concerned about a potential heart issue, contact Dr. Muttiani of Cardiovascular Institute in Tomball, TX, today at (281) 357-5700 to schedule an appointment.
An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a quick test that your cardiologist uses to assess your heart function. Your Tomball, TX, cardiologist, Dr. Daljit Muttiana of Cardiovascular Institute, uses EKGs and other diagnostic tests to determine if you have a problem with your heart.
When are EKGs recommended?
Your Tomball heart doctor may order an EKG if:
- You have chest pain, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, palpitations, or an irregular heartbeat.
- Your legs, ankles, feet or abdomen are swollen.
- You have an increased risk of developing heart disease, due to smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or a family history of the disease.
- He wants to see how well you're responding to a particular heart treatment.
- You have high blood pressure, diabetes, or another chronic condition and want to try a new form of exercise.
What information does an EKG provide?
An EKG provides information on heart rate, rhythm, and electrical activity in the heart. It can also be used to determine if you've had a heart attack, your heart is enlarged or if your heart is receiving sufficient oxygen.
How are EKGs performed?
Before your EKG begins, a technician will attach adhesive electrodes to your chest, arms, and legs. The electrodes are connected to wires that transmit heart readings to a monitor.
During the test, you'll lie down and remain perfectly still. Fortunately, the test only takes a few minutes and is completely painless. In fact, removing the sticky electrodes at the end of the EKG may be the only slightly uncomfortable part of the test.
In some cases, EKGs may be used to monitor how your heart responds to physical activity. In this case, you won't need to remain still but will run on a treadmill or ride an exercise bike.
When will my cardiologist give me the results of my EKG?
Your cardiologist may discuss your results with you as soon as the test is finished. If any abnormalities are detected, he may recommend a few more tests. Additional testing may still be needed if you have symptoms but your EKG is normal, as the test only detects certain kinds of abnormalities.
Are you worried that you may have a heart condition? Call your Tomball, TX, cardiologist, Dr. Daljit Muttiana of Cardiovascular Institute, at (281) 357-5700 to schedule an appointment.