Permanent pacemaker

Picture of a permanent pacemaker and where it is placed

A pacemaker is a small, battery-powered device that sends out weak electrical impulses that cause the heart muscle to contract. A permanent pacemaker is surgically placed into the chest through a small incision.

Last Updated: May 5, 2009

Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Laurence Epstein, MD - Cardiac Electrophysiologist

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