Specialty Surgeon Complete Packaged Procedure for a Pacemaker Installation. A pacemaker is a small device that’s placed under the skin of your chest or abdomen to help control irregular heartbeats. This device uses electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate.
Pacemakers are used to treat heart rhythms that are too slow, fast, or irregular. These abnormal heart rhythms are called arrhythmias. Pacemakers can relieve some symptoms related to arrhythmias, such as fatigue (tiredness) and fainting, and can help people who have arrhythmias resume a more active lifestyle.
A pacemaker is similar to an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), but an ICD can use higher energy electrical pulses to treat certain dangerous arrhythmias. (To treat fast heart rhythms, a pacemaker is combined with an ICD in a single device.)
Your doctor may recommend a pacemaker if aging, heart disease, or other factors make your heart beat too slow, too fast, or irregularly.
Symptoms such as fainting, shortness of breath, and fatigue (tiredness) may be due to an irregular heartbeat that a pacemaker could correct. Your doctor will confirm whether you need a pacemaker based on your symptoms, any medicines you take, and test results.
A pacemaker consists of a battery, a computerized generator, and wires. The generator sends the electrical pulses that correct or set your heart rhythm, and the wires carry pulses to and from various chambers of your heart and the generator.
Pacemaker surgery is usually done in a hospital or special heart treatment laboratory. You will be given medicine to help you relax. The surgery takes just a few hours, but you will stay in the hospital overnight so your doctor can monitor your heart rhythm and make sure your pacemaker is working properly.
Pacemaker Installation treatment cost includes the facility fee, physician’s fee, related medical procedures and drugs required to administer the plan of care. Not included are diagnostic studies, consultations with additional specialists and cost of complication management; travel, food and lodging.