At Spire Portsmouth Hospital, our medical and cardiology consultants have provided a range of cardiac investigations, treatments and surgery for many years. Our facilities offer patients high standards of diagnostic care in the Hampshire, West Sussex and Isle of Wight region and our consultants are all recognised specialists in the field of cardiology. The Hospital works in partnership with the Portsmouth Cardiac Associates.
A pacemaker is a small device with one or more leads. The pacemaker sends electrical impulses to the heart to help it produce a regular heart beat. A pacemaker may be required if you suffer from bradycardia, a heart block or heart failure. The device will last around 5-10 years before it may need to be replaced.
What's involved in having a pacemaker implanted?
Implanting a pacemaker is a minor surgical procedure, usually performed using local anaesthetic. The device is inserted under the skin, just below the collar bone and the leads are placed into the heart through a vein. The procedure takes about an hour and you may then spend one night in hospital before going home. You can usually quickly resume normal activities.