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Is your physician contemplating pacemaker insertion to regulate your heart rate? At Cardiovascular Institute, cardiologist, Dr. Daljit Muttiana, provides this life-changing device for qualified patients in the Tomball, TX, area.
Just what is a pacemaker?
A pacemaker is an implantable electronic device which monitors heart rate, function and vital signs such as blood pressure and respiratory rate. Millions of people in the United States experience improved cardiac function and peace of mind as they live with this small wonder which resides under the skin in the chest--typically near the collarbone.
Cardiovascular Institute in Tomball, TX, features an on-premises pacemaker clinic. It aids Dr. Muttiana's patients in interpreting pacemaker information and in modifying treatments accordingly.
How does it work?
Heart rhythm is regulated by a small bit of natural electrical tissue called the sinoatrial mode located at the top of the heart. As it sends an impulse through the heart, upper and lower chambers pump blood through the body. In a normal heart, the chambers are fully coordinated and respond to increasing and decreasing bodily activity.
For the abnormal heart, a pacemaker must take over or assist in several cardiac functions. The device itself has two electrical leads, or sensors, which touch the heart. A generator and battery provide the electrical impulses.
The National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute outlines several functions which implantable pacemakers, and their on-board computers, accomplish:
- Monitor heart rate and other vital signs
- Speed up or slow down the heart
- Regulate irregular heartbeats
- Coordinate the contraction of the upper and lower heart chambers
- Transmit heart information to Dr. Muttiana
- Receive computer program changes from Dr. Muttiana
- Prevent cardiac arrest
Why would you need a pacemaker?
People with significant heart damage due to heart attack, congenital malformation or heart failure often benefit from the insertion of a pacemaker. Demand pacemakers speed up slowed or irregular heartbeats. Rate responsive pacemakers react to how active you are--speeding up or slowing down your heart as needed. Your pacemaker may be equipped with a cardioverter defibrillator to stimulate the heart to beat in the event of a cardiac arrest.
Contact our office
Cardiologist, Dr. Daljit Muttiana, helps people in the Tomball, TX, area live well with less than perfect cardiac structure and function. Do you and your primary care physician wish to explore what a cardiac pacemaker could do for you? Then, call Cardiovascular Institute for a helpful consultation:(281) 357-5700.
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.