How is a Pacemaker Placed in the Body?

Dr. Graham Wong, Cardiologist, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACC, discusses How a Pacemaker is Placed in the Body?

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Dr. Graham Wong, Cardiologist, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACC, discusses How a Pacemaker is Placed in the Body?
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Featuring Dr. Graham Wong, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACC, Cardiologist

Duration: 1 minute, 12 seconds

A pacemaker insertion is fairly standard; pacemakers have been inserted for the better part of 40 years now. The procedure itself takes about an hour. It’s done under local anesthetic but in a sterile operating room, or a cardiac catherization suite done under sterile technique.

The way in which a pacemaker is inserted is that there is one or two leads that are inserted through a vein that tracks into the heart, and then the generator where the battery in the computer of the pacemaker is, then implanted underneath the skin, usually under the collarbone on the left or the right side.

Pacemakers being an electrical device that requires electricity, depends on the battery, in order to afford the pacemaker to work. Therefore, the longevity of how a pacemaker works depends on how often it’s used.

So if a pacemaker is required all the time to pace your heart because you have no underlying heart rate, the pacemaker battery life will be shorter than if the pacemaker is only called into action once every two or three months, or once a year, in which the pacemaker could last 10, 15 years. So the duration of a pacemaker is entirely dependent on how frequently the body requires its use.

Presenter: Dr. Graham Wong, Cardiologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Cardiologist

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