biventricular pacemaker

overview

A biventricular pacemaker is a special type of pacemaker that keeps both lower chambers of your heart pumping at the same time and syncs them with the upper chambers. It’s used when heart failure makes the chambers contract at different times, creating an inefficient heartbeat that stresses your heart and can leave you tired and short of breath.

what to expect

Your doctor will talk with you about any questions or concerns you may have and give you instructions on how to get ready for your procedure. 

In most cases, you’ll receive a local anesthetic, so you’ll be awake while your doctor implants your pacemaker, but you won’t feel any pain. The procedure usually takes 2 to 4 hours. 

You’ll most likely spend a night in the hospital while you recover. Then you’ll need a friend or family member to drive you home and stay with you for a few days. You’ll have mild pain relievers, and you’ll need to rest.

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