A pacemaker is a small electronic device implanted under the skin of the chest to regulate the heartbeat. It consists of a battery-powered generator and wires called leads that connect the device to the heart. The pacemaker monitors the heart's electrical activity and sends electrical impulses to the heart to maintain a regular rhythm.
Our cardiologist Dr. Ahmet Sayan at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists in St. Croix and St. Thomas recommend a pacemaker if you have an irregular heartbeat or slow heart rate, such as bradycardia, atrial fibrillation, or heart block.
How a Pacemaker Can Improve Your Life
If your heart beats too slowly or irregularly, you may experience fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, and other symptoms that can impact your daily life. A pacemaker can help alleviate these symptoms and improve your quality of life by ensuring your heartbeat's steady. With a pacemaker, you can resume activities that were once difficult, like exercising or traveling.
Additionally, a pacemaker can help reduce your risk of complications, such as fainting or cardiac arrest. It can be a valuable tool for managing certain heart conditions and improving overall health and well-being.
When to Consider an Evaluation
Consult our doctor about having a pacemaker implanted if you have symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, or shortness of breath that may indicate a heart rhythm problem. We can evaluate your condition and determine if a pacemaker is a suitable treatment option. We'll address questions and concerns, plus provide information to help you make an informed decision.
Please explore our website to learn more about the conditions we treat and the services provided. For more information about implanting a pacemaker in St. Croix and St. Thomas, or if you want to schedule an appointment at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics & Medical Specialists, call at (340) 714-2845 for the office in St. Thomas and (340) 692-5000 for the office in St. Croix.