Can a pacemaker help AFib?
Pacemakers are used to treat a slow heartbeat in people with AFib.
The device is made up of a small box called a generator.
It holds a battery and tiny computer.
Very thin wires called leads connect the pacemaker to your heart..
Does a pacemaker correct an irregular heartbeat?
A pacemaker is sometimes used to correct slow or irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias. These arrhythmias may cause you to feel light-headed, breathless or even experience black-outs. If your heart rate is too slow, the pacemaker will send an electrical signal to the heart muscle to start a heartbeat.
What is the best treatment for atrial fibrillation?
Ideally, to treat atrial fibrillation, the heart rate and rhythm are reset to normal. To correct your condition, doctors may be able to reset your heart to its regular rhythm (sinus rhythm) using a procedure called cardioversion, depending on the underlying cause of atrial fibrillation and how long you’ve had it.
What are the disadvantages of having a pacemaker?
Risks associated with pacemaker system implant include, but are not limited to, infection at the surgical site and/or sensitivity to the device material, failure to deliver therapy when it is needed, or receiving extra therapy when it is not needed.
Does AF shorten life expectancy?
More than 2 million Americans have atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart beat that shorten life expectancy by about two years.