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Is there any case where a pacemaker has been placed in a dextrocardia patient?  I have a problem with my heartbeat going too fast or too slow.  However, being a dextrocardia patient, I wonder if a pacemaker can be put in my heart and how it would be inserted, as my heart is on right side.

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Can a pacemaker be placed in a person who has dextrocardia?

There have been several reports of the successful placement of a pacemaker in individuals with dextrocardia.[1][2][3]  It has been suggested that standard surgical techniques may be used,[1] though careful imaging of the heart is encouraged due to the unusual anatomy.[1][3]
Last updated: 8/3/2011

  • Bindra PS, Lin D, Brozena S, Marchlinski F, Dixit S. Case report: Placement of a coronary sinus lead in a patient with dextrocardia and situs inversus. Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology. 2006; 16:93-95. Accessed 7/29/2011.
  • Brito MR, Miranda CE, Barros VC, Castro LR, Borges MH. Heart block in dextrocardia and situs inversus: a case report. Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology. 2001; 6:369-372. Accessed 7/29/2011.
  • Goyal SL, Lichestein E, Gupta PK, Chadda KD, Lajam F. Sick sinus syndrome requiring permanent pacemaker implantation in a patient with mirror-image dextrocardia. Chest. 1976; 69:558-561. Accessed 7/29/2011.