When you need to see a doctor

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It’s important to keep up a schedule of regular heart checks. 

This allows your doctor to check the health of your heart and advise you on what to do next.

“Your doctor may determine whether you require a pacemaker through discussion about your symptoms,” said Dr Daniel Robaei.

“The most common symptoms indicating the need for a pacemaker are fainting or light-headedness, although not all individuals who experience these symptoms will benefit from a pacemaker.

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“If your GP is concerned that you may require a pacemaker, you will be referred to a cardiologist for further evaluation.

“An ECG, being an electrical trace of the heart, may be performed.

“A 24 hour heart monitor may be recommended to detect if your heart rate is slowing transiently.”