Cardiology located in Sunnyvale, TX
Modern technology has solved many of life’s problems. One of the most important breakthroughs is in our ability to control the heart’s rhythm. Using a small device called a pacemaker, Prasad Maddukuri, MD, FACC, MRCP, and Larry Moore, MD, FACC, can treat arrhythmia, steadying your heartbeat and keeping you healthy. To learn more, call Sunnyvale Cardiology or book your appointment at their Sunnyvale, Texas, office online.
Pacemaker Q & A
What is arrhythmia?
Arrhythmia is a condition in which your heartbeat is abnormal. That could mean your heart beats too quickly (tachycardia), too slowly (bradycardia), or in an irregular pattern. This can put undue strain on your body, preventing it from getting fresh, oxygenated blood when it needs it. Some of the symptoms of arrhythmia include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Skipped heartbeats
- Racing heartbeats
- Slow heartbeats
Most heart arrhythmias aren’t a severe health concern. Some, however, can be dangerous, even life-threatening. Dr. Maddukuri, Dr. Mallick, and Dr. Moore can accurately diagnose your arrhythmia and determine if you need any additional treatment.
How is arrhythmia treated?
If you have an arrhythmia that could pose a health concern for your body, Dr. Maddukuri, Dr. Mallick, and Dr. Moore offer highly effective treatment in the form of a pacemaker.
This small device is implanted in your chest, and its wires are fed through your veins into your heart. This way, the pacemaker can send a recurring electrical signal to your heart, causing it to beat in a normal, steady pattern.
How is the pacemaker placed?
Getting your pacemaker requires surgery, but it’s minor. To help you relax during your procedure, Dr. Maddukuri, Dr. Mallick, or Dr. Moore will give you medication intravenously. Once you’re ready, they will numb the area. Using a needle and an X-ray to guide them, they thread your pacemaker’s wires through your veins to connect them to your heart. No incision is needed for this portion of the procedure.
Next, they make a small incision in your upper chest and slip the pacemaker into place. After connecting the wires to it, Dr. Maddukuri, Dr. Mallick, or Dr. Moore will confirm the device is working properly.
After an overnight stay in the hospital, you need to avoid heavy lifting for about a month. Other than that, your surgery site should heal quickly. You may have minor pain for a few weeks, but over-the-counter medications are usually sufficient to treat it.
Through this simple, minimally invasive procedure, you can ensure your heartbeat stays regular and your heart gives your body what it needs to feel its best. To learn more, call Sunnyvale Cardiology or schedule your appointment online.
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