Temporary Transvenous Pacemaker Placement

Female black patient lying down on hospital bed while nurse is checking her heart beat with stethoscope

Overview

What is a Temporary Transvenous Pacemaker Placement?

Temporary transvenous pacemaker placement is an invasive, life-saving and emergency procedure to help manage unstable cardiac dysrrhytmias (abnormal and irregular heart beats). A transvenous pacemaker is an electronic device implanted on the heart to regulate its rate and rhythm. 

Why

Why Temporary Transvenous Pacemaker Placement? 

Your doctor may recommend a temporary transvenous pacemaker placement to provide electrical stimulation to your heart that is severely compromised by abnormal heart rhythms, including a heart attack.   

Risks

Temporary Transvenous Pacemaker Placement Potential Risks and Complications 

Complications that may occur with a temporary transvenous pacemaker placement include: 

  • Pneumothorax is when the nearby lung is punctured during the procedure and can cause breathing difficulties or lung collapse. 
  • Bleeding inside the chest. 
  • Bleeding at the catheter insert site. 
  • Infection at the catheter insert site. 
  • Heart rhythm complications requiring immediate attention and adjustment in the pacemaker. 
  • Pericarditis, which is fluid collecting around your heart. 

What to Expect

What to Expect During a Temporary Transvenous Pacemaker Placement 

  • Generally, your doctor will chose the internal jugular or subclavian vein to insert the catheter.   
  • You’ll be given a sedative to help you relax, the insert site will be prepared and the catheter will be inserted and carefully threaded to your heart. 
  • Special imaging technology will help guide your doctor in the temporary placement of the pacemaker on your heart. 
  • After your doctor has ascertained that the pacemaker is working correctly, your doctor will gently remove the catheter and bandage the insert site. 
  • You will then go into recovery and your vital signs will be monitored until you are stable before you are sent to your hospital room. 

Specialists 

Temporary Transvenous Pacemaker Placement Specialists 

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2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 360W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 360W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 360W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 280W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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