Pacemaker Insertion

Ann Transl Med. 2015 Mar;3(3):42. doi: 10.3978/j.issn.2305-5839.2015.02.06.


A pacemaker (PM) (or artificial PM, so as not to be confused with the heart's natural PM) is a medical device that uses electrical impulses, delivered by electrodes contracting the heart muscles, to regulate the beating of the heart. The primary purpose of this device is to maintain an adequate heart rate, either because the heart's natural PM is not fast enough, or there is a block in the heart's electrical conduction system. Modern PMs are externally programmable and allow the cardiologist to select the optimum pacing modes for individual patients. Some combine a PM and defibrillator in a single implantable device. PMs can be temporary or permanent. Temporary PMs are used to treat short-term heart problems, such as a slow heartbeat that's caused by a heart attack, heart surgery, or an overdose of medicine. Permanent PMs are used to control long-term heart rhythm problems. A PM can relieve some arrhythmia symptoms, such as fatigue and fainting. A PM also can help a person who has abnormal HRs resume a more active lifestyle. In the current mini review we will focus on the insertion of a PM and the possible pneumothorax that can be caused.

Keywords: Pneumothorax; VATS; pacemaker (PM).