Ventricular Pacing

Also known as: ventricle pacing.

What is ventricular pacing?

Ventricular pacing refers to the electrical stimulation provided to the ventricles of the heart by a pacemaker. It’s intended to regulate the heart rate in individuals with abnormally slow heart rhythm.

What happens during the test?

In most cases, ventricular pacing is known as episodic pacing and is provided by what’s known as a ventricular demand pacemaker. This device will deliver current to the ventricles if the heart rate falls below a predetermined level. In other cases, the pacemaker may need to be set to regulate ventricular pacing more regularly.

Is any special preparation needed?

Doctors will perform a number of tests to determine the type of pacemaker and ventricular pacing that is right for you.

What are the risk factors?

Recent research has shown that ventricular pacing alone may cause a variety of symptoms known collectively as pacemaker syndrome. This can include everything from chest pain to fatigue, heart palpitations, cough, difficulty breathing and a number of other problems.
Ventricular pacing at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital: Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s cardiac care team devotes their time and efforts to ensuring that patients who need pacemakers receive the proper heart pacing to take care of their needs. The results are reevaluated regularly.

Reviewed by: Sherrie Joy A Baysa, MD

This page was last updated on: 7/25/2018 10:57:45 AM

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