Is the procedure safe?

A pacemaker implant is generally a very safe procedure. However, as with any invasive procedure, there are risks. Special precautions are taken to decrease your risks. Please discuss your specific concerns about the risks and benefits of the procedure with your doctor.

What are the risks of having a pacemaker?

All medical procedures and devices can create possible problems. The risk of a problem with a pacemaker is low. But, over the long-term, about 1 in 10 patients do have some type of problem with their pacemaker pocket or leads. Your doctor will talk to you before your procedure about the risks and benefits of the implant.

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