Pacemaker Insertion Complications
Pacemaker Insertion Risk Factors
Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a pacemaker inserted, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Excess bleeding
- Pacemaker malfunction
- Rupture in the heart muscle (rare)
- Inappropriate stimulation of the diaphragm (large muscle between chest and abdominal cavities)
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- History of smoking
- History of excess alcohol consumption
- Bleeding or blood-clotting irregularities
- Regular use of some medicines
Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.