Pacemaker follow up
The computer monitors the own spontaneous activity of the heart all the time. Should all of a sudden the own electrical activity of the heart cease, the pacemaker would immediately detect this malfunction and intervene by firing one or several electrical impulses, activating the heart beat until own activity is restored again. In this way the pacemaker is bridging the period of loss of own electrical activity. Consequently, a pacemaker cannot hinder arrhythmias in occurring and has merely a bridging function.
Therefore, a pacemaker does not heal the cause of the cardiac arrhythmias. However, it is significantly contributing to improvement of life quality and function of the heart.
The battery of a pacemaker lasts usually 5-10 years. Afterwards, the battery and the computer as well are both replaced. A pacemaker should be followed up every 6 months.