“Every patient is different, and the programming of the pacemaker differs according to their needs,” says Dr. Malinics.
Ultimately, the goal is that every patient is being monitored continually and followed up with periodically. If a patient isn’t under the regular care of a cardiologist, he or she may experience physical symptoms when a pacemaker fails or requires adjustment. These can include:
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of consciousness
Anyone with a pacemaker who is experiencing these symptoms should seek medical help right away.
“The goal is for us to pick up problems before they experience symptoms,” says Dr. Malinics. “Often a patient feels fine, but a minor adjustment needs to be made—this can prevent bigger problems down the road.”