A heart speaks to its pacemaker: “When my heart rhythm goes awry with a lip lup rub a dip dup you throw me a curved arrow, and return me to the calm of lub-dub. I owe the rhythm of my life to you dear Cupid” –
A pacemaker is a medical device that consists of a battery pack and electrode and is used to control abnormal heart rhythms. In certain diseases the heart rhythm is abnormally slow, or abnormally fast and the purpose of the pacemaker is to return the heart rate to normal. A life threatening condition called ventricular fibrillation can also be overcome with some pacemakers that contain a defibrillator. A biventricular pacemaker coordinates the contraction pattern of the right and left ventricle to improve pump performance in patients with heart failure.
Cupid is the mythological God of desire, love, (often erotic), romance, and affection. In contemporary culture he is a symbol used to inspire love, and therefore a commonly used theme on Valentine’s day.
A chest X-ray with a pacemaker in the right side (actually left side of the persons chest as they face you) is surrounded by a small maroon heart with a halo of angelic symbolism. Its pacing wire extends from the pacemaker and ends in the right ventricle of the heart which is surrounded by the bright red icon.
The artistic idea is to link the story of the Cupid and the function of the pacemaker. The pacemaker brings calm to the heart when its native rhythm fails.
Valentine’s day is coming…. even for the pacesetters!