Does a pacemaker correct an irregular heartbeat?
A pacemaker is sometimes used to correct slow or irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias.
These arrhythmias may cause you to feel light-headed, breathless or even experience black-outs.
If your heart rate is too slow, the pacemaker will send an electrical signal to the heart muscle to start a heartbeat..
Does AF shorten life expectancy?
Your doctor will regularly check your heart to see how healthy it is and what types of treatment you need. Untreated AFib can raise your risk for problems like a heart attack, stroke, and heart failure, which could shorten your life expectancy.
Can you live a long life with atrial fibrillation?
Atrial fibrillation is the most common abnormal heart rhythm among U.S. residents. But with the right treatment plan for Afib, you can live a long and healthy life. Working with your doctor to reduce stroke risk is the most important thing you can do to make sure you have a good prognosis with atrial fibrillation.
Does a pacemaker stop AF?
Pacemaker. A pacemaker is a small battery-operated device that’s implanted in your chest, just below your collarbone. It’s usually used to stop your heart beating too slowly, but in atrial fibrillation it may be used to help your heart beat regularly.
What is the best treatment for atrial fibrillation?
Ideally, to treat atrial fibrillation, the heart rate and rhythm are reset to normal. To correct your condition, doctors may be able to reset your heart to its regular rhythm (sinus rhythm) using a procedure called cardioversion, depending on the underlying cause of atrial fibrillation and how long you’ve had it.