8 Rules That Permanent Pacemakers Should Follow

Cardiology Specialist Prof. Dr. İbrahim Baran explained that there are 8 rules that those with permanent pacemakers must follow.

Permanent pacemakers are electronic devices that create and regulate the rhythm of the heart and can deliver a shock to the heart when necessary. The first batteries that develop as a result of the slowing of the heart; Stating that he treats ailments such as fainting, dizziness and weakness, Medicana Bursa Hospital Cardiology Specialist Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Baran said, “In the following years, more advanced permanent pacemakers (ICD, CRT) have been used in the treatment of fatal rapid rhythm disorders and heart failure.

The patient with a pacemaker should not move the arm on the pacemaker side for the first 2 days. The shoulder on the side of the wound at home should not move much for 1 month. Forearm and hand can be moved apart from the shoulder.

It is not correct to stick the arm to the fixed body. The arm should be free and only shoulder movements should be restricted. Pressure should not be applied to the area where the permanent pacemaker is placed and should not be laid face down for a while (20-30 days). - The wound side should be kept clean and dry. In the control made after the first week, wound care should be done by your doctor.

Each patient with permanent pacemaker is given a special card by the battery company. The patient's identity information and pacemaker information are written on this card. This information is recorded and monitored by both the relevant hospital and the main unit of the pacemaker company.

Patients must carry this card with them at all times. Permanent pacemakers are electronic devices. Strong electromagnetic fields cause interference. This can seriously impair the pacemaker functions. These are MRI devices in hospitals, detectors at the airport and at the entrances of some buildings (X-ray device), cautery devices used in some surgeries. MRI cannot be performed in patients who do not have an MR compatible battery.

Patients with pacemakers should not go through an X-ray machine. Patients with pacemakers should stay away from electrical arc sources and transformers. Plain X-ray, angiography, ultrasound, computed tomography and dental interventions do not affect the pacemaker; However, while entering these procedures, it would be appropriate to inform those concerned that there is a pacemaker.

The pacemaker is not affected by most household appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, irons, and stoves. When using mobile phones and cordless phones, it is recommended to keep it 15 centimeters away from the battery pocket, on the opposite side if possible.

"It is possible to extend the life of the pacemaker for more than 2 years with regular pacemaker measurements and specialist physician controls.

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