The Rhythm of Life

If your heart rhythm is abnormally slow or irregular, a pacemaker may help. The cardiac care team at Bay Area Hospital can install a pacemaker with a minimally invasive procedure.

A pacemaker is a tiny device containing a battery and electronic circuitry. It’s implanted below the skin in your clavicle (shoulder) area, and thin electrical wires connect it to your heart. The pacemaker monitors your heart and sends electrical impulses when an arrhythmia occurs.
Working in the sterile environment of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, your physician threads the wires through a vein to your heart.  The procedure is usually painless and lasts about two hours.  

You will be awake, but you’ll be given sedatives to help you relax. Afterward, our staff will monitor you closely while you recover in our Intermediate Care Unit. Patients generally can go home the next day. You’ll be able to return to most of your usual activities within a few days to a week. 

Your pacemaker will be a permanent device, helping regulate your heart for many years to come. 


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