The process of checking your pacemaker settings is called
Pacemakers have very advanced features. For
example, your doctor can program a pacemaker to work in different ways
depending on your needs.
No surgery is needed to check your
pacemaker settings. The doctor places a special programming device directly on
your chest, over the pacemaker (on top of your skin and clothes), and
"interrogates" the pacemaker. The pacemaker automatically sends back
information about how it is currently programmed. Based on what you need, your
doctor can use similar techniques to reprogram the pacemaker to work
The strength and length of the impulse sent to the
heart muscle and how fast the pacemaker will go can be programmed into the
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.