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Your Boston Scientific pacemaker is designed to monitor and treat your abnormal heart rhythm. Learn about the device, what to expect from your procedure, and how you can get back to the pace of life. 

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Getting to know your device

Already implanted with a pacemaker? Go to the device support page for more information. 

At the heart of health

Pacemakers are used to treat a condition called bradycardia. This is an abnormally slow heartbeat, typically fewer than 60 beats per minute. The result of this condition is often symptoms such as dizziness, shortness of breath, or fainting spells.

Understanding the procedure

Implanting a pacemaker system requires a minor procedure in the upper chest, under the skin. Most people go home within 24 hours. Your doctor will provide specific guidelines based on your health status. Here is a general outline of what to expect. 

Step 1

Before the procedure

If you and your doctor have decided on pacemaker implantation, here’s how you may prep for your procedure.

You may be asked not to eat or drink anything for a period of time before your procedure. Ask your doctor for specific instructions.

Your doctor will advise which medications to stop or start taking before your procedure and for how long.

Wear comfortable clothes to your procedure with a possible change to wear home. Your doctor will give you specific instructions.

Step 2

During the procedure

For the implantation, you will be sedated. Your doctor will insert a lead in a vein near your collarbone using a small incision. The lead is passed through the vein to the heart where your pacemaker is inserted beneath the skin. Before closing the incision, your doctor tests the pacemaker to ensure it is working properly. 

Step 3

Follow-up care

Using wireless technology, your doctor can check your pacemaker remotely for easy and convenient follow-up visits. Remote monitoring and technology makes healthcare more seamless, but you will need to see your doctor in-person for certain types of care. 

Knowing the benefits

By keeping your heart from beating too slowly, pacemakers can treat symptoms like fatigue, lightheadedness and fainting. Your pacemaker can allow you to get back to a more active lifestyle by automatically adjusting your heart rate to match your level of activity.

Explaining the risks

While complications from a pacemaker do not happen very often, it’s important to know the risks associated with all treatments or procedures you choose. Talk with your doctor before your procedure to understand the risks associated with pacemaker implantation. This risks may include: 

  • Bleeding
  • Formation of a blood clot
  • Damage to adjacent structures (tendons, muscles, nerves)
  • Puncture of a lung or vein
  • Damage to the heart (perforation or tissue damage)
  • Dangerous arrhythmias
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Death

See our Pacemaker Manual for detailed safety information. Or request a copy by calling 1-866-484-3268.

Learn more about your battery

Just like any battery, a pacemaker’s battery loses charge over time. Since the battery is permanently sealed inside the pacemaker, it can’t be replaced. If your battery is too low, you will need a new pacemaker. How long your battery lasts depends on the therapy settings and your activity level. 

Find your guide

Download details about your specific pacemaker, including its size, maintenance and how long you can expect it to last. 

Boston Scientific’s ACCOLADE pacemaker


Boston Scientific’s most advanced pacemakers are now MR-conditional. 

Boston Scientific’s ADVANTIO pacemaker


The ADVANTIO pacemaker defines a new era in pacing. This pacemaker leverages key aspects of our innovative high-voltage platform and incorporates new features, therapies and diagnostic options.

Boston Scientific’s ESSENTIO pacemaker


ESSENTIO MRI models can be used as part of the ImageReady™ MR-Conditional Pacing System for safe and effective scanning in 1.5T and 3T MRI environments when MRI Conditions of Use are met. 

Boston Scientific’s INGENIO pacemaker


The INGENIO pacemaker defines a new era in pacing. This pacemaker leverages key aspects of our innovative high-voltage platform and incorporates new features, therapies and diagnostic options. 

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Important Safety Information

A pacemaker system is designed to monitor and treat your heart rhythm problems, greatly reducing the risks associated with them. These devices are sensitive to strong electromagnetic interference (EMI) and can be affected by certain sources of electric or magnetic fields.  With all medical procedures there are risks associated.  In regard to an implanted pacemaker, the risks include but are not limited to inappropriate heart rate response to exercise, lead moves out of place, loss of stimulation capability, allergic reaction, fluid underneath the skin, and infection.  In rare cases device failure or death can occur.  Be sure to talk with your doctor so that you thoroughly understand all of the risks and benefits associated with the implantation of this system.  To obtain a copy of the device Patient Handbook for more detailed device safety information, go to,  or you can request a copy by calling 1-866-484-3268 or writing to Boston Scientific, 4100 Hamline Ave. N., St. Paul, MN  55112. 

Device Quality and Reliability

It is Boston Scientific’s intent to provide implantable devices of high quality and reliability. However, these devices may exhibit malfunctions that may result in lost or compromised ability to deliver therapy. Refer to Boston Scientific’s CRM product performance report on for more information about device performance, including the types and rates of malfunctions that these devices have experienced historically. While historical data may not be predictive of future device performance, such data can provide important context for understanding the overall reliability of these types of products. Also, it is important that you talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits associated with the implantation of a device.

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