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Here you’ll find the answers to many of your questions about implantable cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators. Learn about how the implantation surgeries work, what they may cost, what your recovery may be like, and more.
To see how pacemaker implantation is done, view the animation below. For personal insights, see our patient experience videos in which HCF members talk frankly about their preparation, surgery and recovery.
Implantable pacemakers and defibrillators are battery-powered electronic devices that are placed in your chest to treat abnormal heart rhythms. Over 17,000 pacemaker surgeries are performed in Australia every year.
Signs you may need pacemaker surgery
- You have an abnormally slow or rapid heartbeat
- Your heart beats irregularly, maybe stopping for several seconds at a time
How pacemakers and implantable defibrillators work
How the devices can be used to treat arrhythmias and heart failure.
Why might I need a device?
The conditions that could lead to you needing a device.
Treatments to consider before opting for surgery
Treatment of underlying conditions or medication may be the first step.
Results vs risks of surgery
The benefits and potential complications of pacemakers and implantable defibrillators.
Choosing a specialist
How to find a surgeon who specialises in your procedure.
Questions for your cardiologist & anaesthetist
What you should be asking before going ahead with surgery.
Preparing for surgery
Pre-operative tests and what you can do to reduce the risk of complications.
Your anaesthetic options
The types of anaesthetic you may be offered.
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