Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been admitted to a hospital and fitted with a pacemaker on Sunday, July 23. This has raised new questions about the politician’s health, while protests against his government’s judicial overhaul reached fever pitch.
The 73-year-old PM underwent the emergency treatment after being brought to the Sheba Medical Center few hours prior. This follows the detection of irregularities in his heart beat by a medical device that was installed to monitor same.
However, doctors at the health facility said the procedure went well and that he will likely be released later that Sunday. He was subsequently released before the crucial judicial overhaul bill was passed.
The pacemaker that was implanted is a single-chamber pacemaker. This means that it only sends electrical impulses to the right ventricle of the heart. This is the chamber that pumps blood to the lungs.
The primary purpose of the device is to raise Netanyahu’s heartbeat rate if it drops too low. He may experience this if he suffers from sinus bradycardia, a disorder marked by a slow heartbeat. If the heart’s chambers are not beating in unison, the pacemaker can also be used to regulate them.
It has been reported that Netanyahu’s pacemaker is programmed to deliver electrical impulses at a rate of 60 beats per minute. This is the normal resting heart rate for most adults, said the authorities. The pacemaker can also be programmed to deliver a higher heart rate if Netanyahu is exercising or if he is experiencing symptoms of heart failure.
After the procedure, Netanyahu said he was feeling well, and has been able to continue his work as Prime Minister.
Whilst the device is commonly used as far as human health is concerned, many people don’t know what it is and the roles it plays in the body. Below are some of the main functions of pacemaker devices.
Functions of Pacemaker devices; how it helps receivers, including PM Benjamin Netanyahu
Improved heart function.
The device can help improve the heart’s ability to pump blood, which can reduce symptoms of heart failure such as shortness of breath and fatigue. It’s main purpose is to keep the heart rate within normal range by stimulating the heart muscle to contract and maintain a stable rhythm in persons with cardiac disorders.
Reduced risk of sudden cardiac death.
A pacemaker can help to prevent sudden cardiac arrest and death, which is a leading cause of death in people with heart disease. Some people may be prone to dangerous heartbeat disorders such ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation.
This is always due to underlying heart problems. If left untreated, these abnormal rhythms can be fatal. The pacemaker device helps track this abnormalities and immediately send signals to doctors who then take action to prevent death. With this, the Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be monitored in order to prevent the unexpected from happening.
However, the device also improves quality of one’s life. It helps people with heart problems such as low heartbeat rate, to live more active and fulfilling lives. They can return to their regular activities, including work, exercise, and travel just as the Israeli PM.