Pacemakers are small devices that are implanted under the skin near the heart. They can be implanted permanently or temporarily, and they function by monitoring your heartbeat and using electrical signals to make adjustments if your heart is not beating properly. People suffering from arrhythmia and/or heart failure may receive pacemakers to regulate their heartbeats.
Pacemakers are not considered particularly dangerous implants, but there are some risks associated with these devices:
- Surgical site infection
- Allergic reaction to materials or medications used during surgery
- Damage to localized nerves and blood vessels
- Collapsed lungs
- Heart muscle puncture
Additionally, people with pacemakers must be very aware of their surroundings, as some power tools, household appliances, and forms of mechanical equipment may interfere with proper function of your pacemaker. In medical settings, it is always important to let physicians and medical staff know about your pacemaker, as some machinery and medical equipment can interfere with its function. For example, in general, people with pacemakers cannot have MRIs. There are exceptions, but these are not standard. It follows, of course, that for people with pacemakers, medical ID necklaces or bracelets are a necessity. They help ensure that, in emergency situations, all medical personnel are immediately aware that you have a pacemaker so they can provide appropriate, safe assistance.
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As Director of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development for Lauren’s Hope, Tara Cohen is often the voice of Lauren’s Hope. Whether she’s writing the Lauren’s Hope blog, crafting a marketing email, or describing a new product, Cohen brings a little personal touch to everything she creates.
Part of the LH team since 2012, Cohen has spent years learning about various medical conditions and what engravings are most helpful for each.
In addition to her years of experience at Lauren’s Hope and all of the research she puts into writing for LH, Cohen draws on her own life experiences to bring a human touch to the LH blog.