Pacemakers: When to seek medical advice?

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Jan 03, 2013

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Pacemaker is a medical device (electronic equipment) which is safe and has low risks of complications. But as with any other invasive device or procedure complications can develop. Being aware of the possible complications can help in timely diagnosis and treatment of any problem with the pacemaker.

Consult your doctor if you develop any signs of complication such as:

  • pain, swelling, bleeding, bruising, at the site of pacemaker insertion (place where pacemaker is placed)
  • discharge of any fluid or pus from the site of pacemaker insertion
  • fever (temperature of 380C or 100.40F or above) for more than a few days
  • fluctuating heart beat (either too slow or too fast)
  • lightheadedness
  • frequent or recurrent hiccups
  • frequent or repeated twitching of the abdominal muscles.
  • Sshortness of breath or difficulty in breathing.

If you have any symptom suggestive of pacemaker infection or malfunction of the pacemaker, consult your cardiologist (a doctor who specialises in the diagnosis and management of heart disease) as soon as possible for advice. These are some symptoms which suggest complication with the pacemaker. Similar symptoms can be cause by many other medical conditions. Your doctor can examine you and diagnose the cause of your symptoms and treat them accordingly.

Who to consult

Health professionals who can be consulted to evaluate your symptoms include:

  • family medicine doctor
  • cardiologist
  • surgeon (the doctor who implanted the device).



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