Pacemakers

What is a pacemaker?

•A pacemaker is a battery operated device about the size of a matchbook to help regulate an individual’s heartbeat. It does this with a small electric stimulation that helps control your heartbeat.

How does it work?

•A doctor puts the pacemaker under the skin of the chest, just under the collarbone. It is then hooked up to the heart with tiny wires.
•Tiny electric charges that you can’t feel move through the wire to the heart.
•Pacemakers work only when needed. They go on when the heartbeat is too slow, too fast or irregular.

Cost:

•$6,000 and upward for the device plus the cost of the medical procedure to attach it

Typically Lifespan:

•6 – 10 years