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What if I need a pacemaker due to transposition of the great arteries?

If a pacemaker is needed as a result of complications from treatment of transposition of the great arteries, it is usually inserted during a catheter-based procedure, though sometimes open-heart surgery may be necessary. The pacemaker wires are inserted into a vein in the upper chest and guided to the target areas in the heart. A specialist in heart rhythm problems, called an electrophysiologist, will implant the pacemaker. You will require lifelong follow-up with a cardiologist specializing in adult congenital heart defects to monitor the functioning of the pacemaker.

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