PreOp Patient Education
Thursday, April 02, 2020

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Permanent Pacemaker



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Your doctor understands that all medical care benefits from close collaboration between physician and patient -- so be sure to review, with your doctor, all risks and alternatives and make sure you understand the reasons behind the recommendation for this particular procedure.

Now let's talk in detail about the procedure your doctor has recommended. That particular recommendation was based on a number of factors:

  • the state of your health,

  • the severity of your condition,

  • an assessment of alternative treatments or procedures and finally,

  • the risks associated with doing nothing at all.

And remember, the final decision is up to you. No one can force you to undergo a surgical procedure against your will.

Most likely, you're feeling some anxiety about this procedure, which is perfectly understandable.
You should realize that it's natural to feel apprehensive about any kind of surgery - especially surgery that involves the heart.
In some cases, patients will decide not to have a pacemaker installed simply out of fear.
It's important however to understand that pacemaker implantation surgery is one of the safest and most non-intrusive methods of improving the health of your heart.
So if you're feeling anxious, try to remember that the purpose of this procedure is to help your heart to function normally. Choosing not to have a pacemaker implantation may put your health at risk.
The symptoms you're having may be warning signs of a serious and even life-threatening medical problem.
And your condition may continue to worsen. For that reason you should carefully consider the value of your doctor's recommendation to undergo this procedure.
Now I'd like to introduce you to another important member of the medical team -- the nurse.

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