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What Are the Alternatives to a Pacemaker?

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Presentation: Pacemaker Placement
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There are several alternatives to having an implantable device that you and your doctor can discuss. These include medication or ablation. Let's review these.
One option is using medication. Sometimes a medicine can be prescribed that returns your abnormal heartbeat to a normal rhythm. Other medications may be used to control how fast your heart beats or how thin your blood is. But, if you are still experiencing an abnormal rhythm, you do increase your risk of serious heart-related events or even loss of life. Sometimes these medications alone can have serious risks and side effects themselves. You should discuss these with your doctor.
Another alternative depending on your individual circumstance is ablation. During ablation, your doctor will guide a special catheter to the area in your heart causing the problem. The catheter tip heats up and gives a small burn to the area, which safely scars it so it cannot send abnormal signals. 90 out of 100 patients who can be treated with ablation, will have successful results, which is the correction of the abnormal heartbeat.
If you would like to have any more information on any of these alternatives from your doctor please press the question button now to make your request.
At this time, your doctor thinks that an implantable device offers the best chance to restore your normal heart rhythm.

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