Pacemaker Doctors in Charleston
Millions of people are impacted by an irregular or abnormal heartbeat. Keep your heart beating properly by turning to our experienced pacemaker doctors in Charleston. The cardiologists from East Cooper Physicians have successfully implanted pacemakers in many patients to help regulate their heart rates and improve the quality of their lives.
How Do Pacemakers Work?
A pacemaker is a small electrical device that is surgically implanted inside the upper chest region or abdomen to monitor heart function and, if needed, produce an electrical pulse to stabilize an irregular heartbeat. New devices can even monitor breathing, blood temperature, and other factors that impact your heart rate. For your convenience and peace of mind, pacemaker surgery is minor. In fact, it only takes a few hours and most patients return home after 24 hours.
We recommend pacemakers for patients who have bradycardia, arrhythmia, and other conditions that cause the heart to beat slowly or irregularly. Before suggesting a pacemaker, our pacemaker doctors first analyze your symptoms, current medications, and risk for heart disease. Some patients require a pacemaker for a short time. A temporary pacemaker of the heart is used to treat emergencies.
Follow Our Pacemaker Precautions
It's always important to be cautious after the pacemaker surgery. The following pacemaker precaution list will help you safeguard your health once the procedure is complete:
- Avoid Large Magnetic Fields
- Use Caution When Proceeding through Airport Security Detectors
- Turn off Car, Boat, & Other Large Motors While Working on Them
- Always Carry an ID Card & Wear a Medical ID Bracelet to Indicate That You Wear a Pacemaker
Heart Transplant: Giving You Another Chance at Life
Severe heart defects, damage of the heart after a heart attack, and other life-threatening heart conditions can cause heart failure. Led by a distinguished heart doctor, our cardiology department can give you a new chance at life with a heart transplant.
The surgery involves the removal and replacement of a damaged or diseased heart with a new, healthy one from a deceased donor. To reduce the chances of your body rejecting the new heart, it is imperative that the new donor heart must match your tissue type as closely as possible. Heart transplant patients usually remain in the hospital for seven to 21 days to monitor the health and function of the new heart.
Recovery varies from patient to patient. Most patients recover and return to normal activities after three months. You will need to visit your heart doctor during the three-month recovery for frequent checkups.
Call us at (843) 849-9355 to schedule an appointment with a leading heart doctor, or complete the contact form on this page. We proudly serve patients in Charleston, South Carolina, and the surrounding areas.