Pacemakers Who Needs Them
Pacemaker for arrhythmias
The most common reason people get a pacemaker is their heart beats too slowly (called bradycardia), or it pauses, causing fainting spells or other symptoms. In some cases, the pacemaker may also be used to prevent or treat a heartbeat that is too fast (tachycardia) or irregular.
These problems may be caused by:
- Problems with electrical signaling in your heart
- Beta blockers, which are medicines to lower blood pressure but also can slow your heartbeat too much. A pacemaker helps prevent a slow heartbeat when you need to keep taking this medicine.
- Certain congenital heart defects
- Heart attack
- Heart transplant
Pacemakers for a weak heart
Pacemakers may also be used to help your heart chambers beat in sync if your heart isn’t pumping enough blood to your body. This can happen because of: