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BERGMANN, Alba Regina Nemer; SOUZA, Laura Vilela e; SCORSOLINI-COMIN, Fabio  and  SANTOS, Manoel Antônio dos. Life by a thread: perceptions about permanent cardiac pacemaker implantation. Rev. Subj. [online]. 2016, vol.16, n.1, pp. 131-143. ISSN 2359-0769.

This descriptive and exploratory study aimed to examine perceptions about the use of permanent cardiac pacemaker. As a methodological strategy, the case study was used in the psychoanalytic perspective. The corpus of analysis was composed by the strategy of the focal life history, operationalized by an in-depth interview. The following perceptions were identified: shock after getting the diagnosis, fear of dying during surgery, implantation of the pacemaker as a lifeline, satisfaction with the procedure, and constant concern of the family with the patient's well-being. The data suggest the need for psychological support to the patient from the moment of implantation of the cardiac device. In this context, the qualified listening of the unconscious allows to advance in the psychodynamic understanding of its suffering.

Keywords : pacemaker; arrhythmia; psychosomatic; case study.

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