Signs Your Pacemaker May Need Adjustment or Replacement

A doctor educating a patient on how a pacemaker works

Pacemakers are small electronic devices implanted in the chest or abdomen to help regulate abnormal heart rhythms. They ensure that the heart beats at a steady and controlled rate.

If you have a pacemaker, keep in mind that it will need adjustment or replacement after a period of time. 

This blog explains some signs that your pacemaker may need an adjustment or replacement. Find out what you need to watch for below.

What is the Role of a Pacemaker?

A pacemaker monitors the heart’s electrical activity and delivers electrical impulses to regulate the heartbeat. It can maintain your heartbeats when they become too slow, irregular, or erratic. 

Pacemakers help maintain a consistent heart rate and ensure that the heart can effectively pump blood to the rest of the body. They come with sensors that detect changes in heart rate and adjust the pacing accordingly. 

Signs Your Pacemaker May Need Adjustment or Replacement

If you notice a sudden change in your heart rate, such as palpitations, dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting, those changes may indicate that your pacemaker is not functioning optimally. 

These symptoms can occur if the pacemaker is delivering too few or too many electrical impulses or if there is an issue with the device’s sensors.

Chest discomfort or pain, particularly around the pacemaker area, may signal a problem with the device. It could indicate lead dislodgement, lead fracture, or irritation of the surrounding tissues. 

Moreover, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, especially during exertion, may indicate that your pacemaker is not effectively regulating your heart rate. This could be due to inadequate pacing, lead malfunction, or worsening heart failure.

Lastly, persistent fatigue or weakness, despite adequate rest, can be a sign that your pacemaker is not functioning optimally.

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Recognizing signs that your pacemaker may need adjustment or replacement can help you maintain optimal heart health. 

If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above or have concerns about your pacemaker, call us at 928-537-4375Schedule a consultation with Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center and ensure that your pacemaker continues to support your heart health.

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