Pacemaker Specialist

Michigan Heart Rhythm Center

Electrophysiologist located in Southeast Michigan

When your heart rate isn’t adequate, you may benefit from a pacemaker. Michigan Heart Rhythm Center offers the latest in pacemaker technologies to stabilize your heart rate and prevent falling, passing out and fatigue. You receive comprehensive, compassionate care during and after your implant surgery, and Dr. Zahwe carefully monitors your pacemaker during routine follow-up visits. Dr. Zahwe offers the most advanced and newest pacemaker devices including a leadless pacemaker. MHRC offers remote monitoring of your pacemaker while you are at home through our device clinic. Dr. Zahwe offers same-day discharge from hospital after pacemaker implant (a few hours after surgery) which has shown to be safe and more convenient for the patient and their family. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of a pacemaker for your heart condition, schedule an appointment today at our device clinic in Southeast Michigan, online or by phone.


What is a pacemaker?

A pacemaker is a small device that controls heart rate. The device sends pulses of electrical energy to your heart to help it beat normally when your own electrical pulses are dysfunctional.

If your heart beats too fast, too slowly, or has an irregular rhythm, a pacemaker can adjust it to alleviate symptoms and prevent more serious health conditions, including falls, syncope and fatigue.

How does a pacemaker work?

To deliver electrical impulses of energy to your heart, Dr. Zahwe implants the pacemaker into your chest cavity. The device contains batteries, a computerized generator, wires, and sensors that connect to your heart. The sensors monitor your heartbeat and send pulses of electrical energy to stabilize your heart rhythm. Dr. Zahwe offers leadless pacemaker which is a small device implanted inside the heart without the need for any wire.

You may need a pacemaker only temporarily to treat short-term heart issues that often follow surgery or a heart attack. For some, a permanent pacemaker may be necessary to control chronic arrhythmias.

What can I expect during surgery for a pacemaker?

Typically, implanting a pacemaker requires a minor surgical procedure where you receive anesthesia that keeps you awake but relaxed.

Dr. Zahwe uses X-ray guidance to place the pacemaker wires into your heart via a large vein. He then makes an incision in your chest or abdomen to place the rest of the pacemaker. Before closing the incision, Dr. Zahwe tests the pacemaker to ensure it’s working properly.

How long does it take to recover from pacemaker surgery?

Following your procedure, you may have some pain and swelling in the surgical area. Dr. Zahwe provides care information to prevent infection in your incision and may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medicines to relieve pain and inflammation.

Dr. Zahwe monitors your progress with the pacemaker during routine check-ups and through remote monitoring from home. He can also address broken wires, failing batteries, or new symptoms you develop after receiving your pacemaker.

Learn more about the benefits of pacemakers by calling Michigan Heart Rhythm Center today or by using the online booking system.