We are the combination of four hospitals: the General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital, the Women’s Hospital and the Traumatology, Rehabilitation and Burns Hospital. We are part of the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus: a world-leading health park where healthcare plays a crucial role.
Below we will list the departments and units that form part of Vall d’Hebron Hospital and the main diseases that we treat. We will also make recommendations based on advice backed up by scientific evidence that has been shown to be effective in guaranteeing well-being and quality of life.
We will guide you from your first visit to the centre, allowing you to find all the departments and make the most of our facilities. Whatever the reason for your visit, we will explain how to get about the hospital.
This small device, which is implanted beneath the collarbone thanks to a small incision, sends electrical impulses to the heart so that it can beat at a constant pace.
Pacemakers help regulate the rhythm of the heart when natural stimulation fails, meaning they are used when the heart rate is slower or faster than it should be, with irregular beats, or if there is a blockage in the electrical system of the heart. Normally there are two causes:
There are two types of pacemaker:
The artificial pacemaker consists of an electric impulse generator, the pacemaker, and a conductive cable. To install it, an incision is made in the chest, below the left collarbone.
The cable is inserted into the right atrium or the right ventricle, depending on the disease. If the patient only needs one electrode, it is placed in the right ventricle. If he or she needs two, the other is placed in the right atrium.
We check it is placed properly by means of a radiological procedure and, if everything is correct, it is connected and remains under the skin. Afterwards the incision is sutured.
Once implanted, the electrodes transmit signals to the heart that the device detects as signals, and sends the electrical impulses to the heart to stimulate it rhythmically.
Always carry your European pacemaker patient card with you, as it contains all the information about the type of pacemaker and its settings.
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