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Potential Risks & Complications of a Pacemaker

As with most surgical procedures risks and complications are rare, but possible.

  • Bleeding can occur.
  • There is also a risk for infection. Some infections require replacing the pacemaker and taking antibiotics.
  • An unsightly or painful scar may develop.

The following risks are common to any surgical procedure. However, they are very rare for pacemaker surgery.

  • The pacemaker may fail. This is highly unlikely to happen, however, it is still possible. If it happens, the pacemaker would need to be replaced.
  • If leads or wires of the pacemaker come loose or lose their connections with the heart another procedure may be needed to reposition the leads.
  • Injury to the heart or during the procedure is very rare.

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