Pacemaker Implantation Procedure
3 months ago
This video provides patient education on permanent pacemaker implant surgery. It explains how the heart, typically beating at 60-100 beats per minute, relies on electrical signals from the SA node to maintain rhythm. In cases of arrhythmias like bradyarrhythmia (slow heart rate), often due to SA node issues, a pacemaker is recommended. The video details the pacemaker's components: a metal box with a battery and electronics, and a lead wire transmitting impulses to the heart. The implant procedure is described, starting with pre-surgery preparations, skin antiseptic application, and a small incision below the collarbone. A pocket is created for the pacemaker, and leads are inserted into the heart via the subclavian vein, guided by fluoroscopy. Finally, the pacemaker is connected and implanted, and the incision is closed.