Health Tip: Will a Pacemaker Help Me?
(HealthDay News) -- A pacemaker is a small implanted device designed to help the heart beat properly and in a normal rhythm.
The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says the following conditions may signal the need for a pacemaker:
Your heart does not beat normally due to age or heart disease.
You have had a procedure called atrial fibrillation to treat an arrhythmia -- the medical term for an irregular heartbeat.
You take medication that slows your heartbeat, such as a beta blocker.
You show symptoms of a slow heartbeat, including fainting.
You have muscle problems that may trigger slow travel of electrical signals through the heart.
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