Most atrial fibrillation cases often lead to pacemaker surgery. This in turn makes the occurrence of a quivering or irregular heartbeat more manageable reducing the risk of a number of complications including blood clots, stroke, heart failure, and other heart-related problems. Pacemaker surgery does indeed provide a good amount of benefits to its patients receiving its fair share of the spotlight over the years. As a result, it has become a very much sought after procedure with patients who are suffering from AFIB. Having a pacemaker attached to your body can be a totally new experience. Here’s what you can expect after your pacemaker surgery.
Benefits of Pacemaker Surgery
It should be noted that the pacemaker surgery is considered to be a minor surgery. This means that the procedure can be completed in a short amount of time leading to shorter hospital stays as well as improved quality of life. Having a pacemaker attached to you during surgery can take about three hours to complete. Furthermore, the procedure may only take 1 to 2 hours if the doctor only has to change the generator battery.
The device works by controlling abnormal heart rhythms which are vital for AFIB patients. This is made possible by the use of electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate. With that being said, there are atrial fibrillation guidelines that need to be followed; and having a pacemaker surgery does not prevent heart attacks if one is not careful.
Pacemaker Surgery and Your Lifestyle
There are a lot of factors that you need to keep in mind with your newly attached pacemaker. First and foremost, your doctors will be discussing the dos and don’ts to make your pacemaker function normally. Even though the pacemaker does not affect or limit you from doing sports and exercise, including strenuous activities, you may want to avoid full contact sports such as football. The reason behind this is that the contact could potentially damage your pacemaker or shake loose the wires in your heart.
Aside from exercise activities, you may also want to avoid close or prolonged contact with electrical devices or devices that have strong magnetic fields as this can interfere with your pacemaker. These devices include Cell phones and MP3 players, household appliances, such as microwave ovens, high-tension wires, metal detectors, industrial welders, electrical generators and the likes. As a precaution, patients are advised to avoid putting their cell phone or MP3 player in a shirt pocket over their pacemaker especially if the devices are turned on. Using household appliances can still be done although you need to avoid close and prolonged exposure with it as well.
We’ve mentioned battery replacement with your pacemaker earlier, and your doctors will be the one in charge of replacing them. A pacemaker’s battery usually last between 5 and 15 years which depends on how active the pacemaker is. The same can also be said when it comes to the pacemaker’s wires which have to be changed or replaced eventually.