The Role of a Pacemaker
By Virgin Island Orthopaedics and Medical Specialists
February 24, 2020
Category: Cardiology
Tags: Pacemaker  

How a pacemaker from your doctors in Saint Thomas and St. Croix, Virgin Islands can save your life

A pacemaker is a small device placed under the skin to regulate your heartbeat, allowing it to save your life in the event of a heart attack. A pacemaker is typically recommended if you have an irregular heartbeat, known as an arrhythmia.

Here at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists, Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan can help if you need a pacemaker. With two convenient office locations in St. Thomas and St. Croix, read on to learn how their pacemakers can benefit you.

More about Pacemakers

There are three types of pacemakers:

  • A single chamber pacemaker, which routes electrical impulses to the right ventricle of your heart
  • A dual-chamber pacemaker, which routes electrical impulses to the right ventricle and right atrium of your heart; this type of pacemaker helps control the timing of contractions between the heart chambers.
  • A bi-ventricular pacemaker, which is recommended for people with heart failure and abnormal electrical systems; the bi-ventricular pacemaker stimulates the lower chambers of the heart to beat more regularly.

Your doctor may recommend a pacemaker to control your heartbeat. The pacemaker may be temporarily implanted because of a heart attack or surgery. The pacemaker may also be implanted permanently to regulate a slow or irregular heartbeat, or to treat heart failure.

Once installed, the pacemaker acts in place of your natural electrical system when your electrical system malfunctions. The pacemaker will work to speed up your heartbeat if your heart is beating too slowly, a condition known as bradycardia. Newer pacemakers can also detect increased body motion or increased breathing rate during exercise, so a signal is sent to speed up the heart rate.

Call Us

A pacemaker is an important cardiological advancement that can keep your heart beating in the proper rhythm. It can help you lead a normal, productive, active life if your heart is compromised. To learn more about pacemakers and how a pacemaker can help you, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Jeffrey Chase and Dr. Ahmet Sayan of Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists, in St.Thomas at (340) 714-2845 or at their office in St. Croix at (340) 692-5000. Call now!

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