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how effective is a pacemaker in preventing heart failure

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
It's not: Heart failure can be the result of many different problems such as heart attacks which weaken the heart muscle, untreated hypertension which can leas ... Read More
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Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
31 years experience Cardiology
Two scenarios: If low heart beat is contributing to heart failure a pacemaker might help. If you have a weak heart with ejection fraction less than 35% and a cond ... Read More

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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
21 years experience Cardiology
Pacemakers: Pacemakers are for the treatment of conduction system abnormalities/failure and in certain instances can be life prolonging in advanced conduction sys ... Read More
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Dr. John Garner
15 years experience Cardiology
No: A pacemaker can't keep you from dying of heart failure. It can keep you from dying of not having a heart beat, but not of that.
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Yes: We all die from something. The ppm/aicd work to regulate rhythm and rate. CHF is more a disorder of inadequate "squeeze" by the muscle. "clogged" arte ... Read More
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Dr. Nathan Almeida
22 years experience Cardiology
Yes: Defibrillator/pacemaker does not change the heart pump function, though a biventricular icd may do so. Prognosis in advanced heart failure is extreme ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
If : If you are experiencing shortness of breath and difficulty breathing when laying down, these are signs of congestive heart failure, and more specifica ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Zachary Veres
17 years experience Family Medicine
Hernia Surgery: that is not entirely true. That is a fairly low risk surgery usually done as an outpatient. I would consult with a surgeon to discuss his options and ... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Jost
35 years experience Cardiology
Bi-Ventricular?: Ideally you have or will have a biventricular pacemaker. This type of pacemaker, pm, is designed for cardiac resynchronization therapy. It has 2 or 3 ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gavin Noble
21 years experience Cardiology
Hard to say: You need to discuss this with a cardiologist experienced with pregnancy issues as well as a high risk obstetrician. Your answer is likely to be highl ... Read More
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