As far back in her childhood as she can remember, Heidi's heart reminded her that it was beating. It felt as though a swarm of butterflies was fluttering within her chest. Her doctors and parents figured she would grow out of it. She did not. By high school her medical condition – second-degree heartblock – worsened, landing Heidi in an emergency room. Then at age 24, married and pregnant with her first child, it got scary: During labor Heidi’s heartbeat rate plunged to the low 20s – substantially below the 60 to 100 beats-per-minute normal range.
Mom and baby daughter Audrey emerged safely from the ordeal, but everybody – Heidi, her family and her doctors – knew it was time to get a pacemaker.
Now, says Heidi, she cannot imagine what life would be like without one. She received an ALTRUA® Pacemaker to regulate her heartbeat. The pacemaker Heidi received was the first Boston Scientific-branded device to treat bradycardia, a condition in which the heart beats too slowly, depriving the body of sufficient oxygen.
Upon emerging from surgery after the implantation of the device, Heidi looked up at her father in amazement. "I can’t feel my heart beating the way it used to!" Her father smiled and replied: "That's right. You’re not supposed to, Heidi."
The ALTRUA® 60 Pacing System offers advanced automatic features for easier patient management, combined with advanced functionality to reduce unnecessary pacing. ALTRUA® pacemakers are designed to adjust the heart rate to meet the body’s needs, whether during exercise or rest. Implantation of a pacemaker involves positioning thin, insulated wires known as leads in the heart and placing the device in a pocket of skin, usually in the upper chest area. Typically the implant procedure involves only local anesthesia and a sedative, rather than general anesthesia. Most people have a fairly quick recovery after a pacemaker implant.
*Results from case studies are not predictive of results in other cases.