A pacemaker is a medical device is a small device that regulates heartbeats. It benefits people with abnormal heart rhythms, such as bradycardia (slow heart rate) or heart block (delayed or blocked electrical signals in the heart). A pacemaker in St. Croix and St. Thomas delivers electrical impulses to the heart muscle to regulate its rhythm and ensure it beats consistently.
A person may require a pacemaker if they experience fainting, shortness of breath, or chest pain due to a slow or irregular heartbeat. They may also need a pacemaker if they have a history of heart disease, heart attack, or heart surgery. If you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, or fainting, you should see Dr. Ahmet Sayan at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine immediately.
Why You Should Consider Getting a Pacemaker
A cardiologist implants a pacemaker (small device) under the skin in your chest to help regulate your heartbeat. You may need a pacemaker for many reasons, depending on your health needs. For example, if you have an irregular or slow heartbeat, a pacemaker can help ensure your heart beats regularly. That can help to alleviate symptoms such as dizziness, fainting, and shortness of breath. If you have heart failure, a pacemaker can help coordinate the timing of your heartbeat, making your heart more efficient and improving your body's blood flow.
A pacemaker can help to improve your energy levels, reduce fluid buildup, and prevent hospitalizations. A pacemaker can also help deliver lifesaving shocks to your heart when necessary if you have a heart condition making you more susceptible to dangerous heart rhythms, such as ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation. Overall, a pacemaker can help to improve your quality of life and reduce your risk of heart complications. If you're experiencing any symptoms of heart problems, talk to your doctor about whether a pacemaker might be right for you.
Your Consultation: What to Expect
When you arrive for your pacemaker consultation with Dr. Sayan, expect to be greeted by a friendly and professional staff. Our cardiologist will review your medical history and perform a physical exam during your visit. He may also order additional tests, such as an electrocardiogram or echocardiogram, to determine if a pacemaker is necessary.
If Dr. Sayan advises a pacemaker, he'll discuss the procedure in detail and answer questions. He'll address the benefits and potential risks of the pacemaker, plus the aftercare and follow-up appointments needed. By the end of the consultation, we'll ensure you understand the process and feel confident in your treatment plan.
Please explore our website to learn more about the conditions we treat and the services provided. For more information or if you have questions regarding a pacemaker in St. Croix and St. Thomas or if you want to schedule an appointment with our cardiologist Dr. Ahmet Sayan at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, call today. Call (340) 714-2845 for the office in St. Thomas and (340) 692-5000 for the office in St. Croix.