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Slow heartbeat at risk of sudden death? How to choose a cardiac pacemaker? If you have symptoms, seek medical attention as soon as possible!

 As the elders in the family grow older, they will start to feel tired, dizzy, and lack energy. Many people think that this is just a normal phenomenon of aging. In fact, it may be that the "heart is out of power" and the heartbeat is too slow! Because the heartbeat is too slow, there may not only be a risk of sudden death, but may even increase the risk of stroke. Therefore, a pacemaker may be implanted to help stabilize the heartbeat if necessary. Dr. Lin Bolin, Department of Cardiology, Mackay Hospital, Hsinchu, said that a normal person's heart rate should be 60 to 100 beats per minute. If the heart rate is slow, it may be related to age, drugs and comorbid diseases. Once the heart rate slows down, palpitations and chest tightness occur. , fainting, dizziness, shortness of breath and other symptoms, be sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible, and discuss the appropriate treatment strategy with the doctor.


Dr. Lin Bolin explained that one of the current treatment methods is the implantation of a cardiac pacemaker. Generally, the pacemaker is induced to accelerate the heartbeat after the vibration generated by activities (walking, standing, etc.), and the doctor can set the minimum heartbeat according to the needs of the patient. Now there are new types of intelligent heart rate rhythm devices to choose from. The intelligent rate cardiac rhythm device can adjust the heartbeat at any time according to the patient's own state, and can achieve the same physiological heartbeat as healthy people. In addition, in the past, traditional pacemakers could not accept MRI examinations, and now the new ones have made breakthroughs, so there is no need to worry too much about the lack of a health examination tool in the future.

Dr. Lin Bolin once treated a female patient who often fainted due to unknown reasons. After monitoring with a subcutaneous implant, she discovered that every time she went to the toilet, she would have autonomic nervous system disorders, combined with a decrease in blood pressure, resulting in a slow heart, which caused syncope.

After discussing with the patient, it was decided to install a smart rate cardiac pacemaker. Since then, there has been no unexplained fainting, which has greatly improved the quality of life.

Compared with the traditional type, the new smart rate cardiac pacemaker has a longer service life, so it can greatly reduce the frequency of battery replacement and reduce the risk of surgery. At the same time, it can be used with a home monitoring system to upload the heartbeat data to the cloud for analysis, so that doctors can keep track of the patient's health status at any time. It is a good choice for treatment in the epidemic era.


Dr. Lin Bolin reminded that if you find that the wound is red, hot, swollen, painful, or begins to flow out of fluid after undergoing heart pacemaker surgery, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible. Although the epidemic has not yet subsided, patients with cardiac pacemakers must remember to regularly follow the doctor's orders to return to the clinic for a cardiac pacemaker function check; if they need to receive other treatments, please take the initiative to show the cardiac pacemaker identification card to avoid performing procedures that may interfere with the heart. Treatment of pacemaker function. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding smoking and drinking is also an important key to maintaining the good functioning of the heart rhythm.

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