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Life expectancy after pacemaker surgery

A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Unknown: Previous studies haven't found an increase in longevity from pacemakers. BUT, defibrillating units have been found to increase life expectancy. BUT th... Read More
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Pacemaker: Predictions of life expectancy due to complete AV block in an otherwise normal 47 y/o male would need lots of other data about the person and his life... Read More

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Milunski
Cardiology 37 years experience
Pacemakers: It depends on the age of the patient, overall health of the patient, and probably most importantly, what type of heart problem the pacemaker was used ... Read More
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 20 years experience
It Varies.: If heart block is the only cardiac issue, a pacemaker should fully correct this and cause no shortening of a person's life expectancy.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Landers
Cardiac Electrophysiology 31 years experience
Life with pacemaker: Pacers simply replace the electrical system in the heart but do not shorten life expectancy. Other heart issues like significant coronary/valve diseas... Read More
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Cardiology 20 years experience
It Varies: If heart block is the only cardiac issue, a pacemaker should fully correct this and cause no shortening of a person's life expectancy.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Budi Bahureksa
Cardiology 31 years experience
??: We can't be sure -- but the person may have poor quality of life when the pacemaker run out of its power.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Warren Foster
Cardiac Electrophysiology 20 years experience
Need more history: The most common reason for a pacemaker is a heartbeat that slows to an unhealthy rate. A pacemaker resets the heart rate to an appropriate pace, ensur... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ramin Rafie
Geriatrics 18 years experience
No: I would not refer to it as surgery, more like a simple procedure. Very small incision is made by somebody who has done this 100 if not thousands of t... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Safford
Critical Care 35 years experience
Training: Pacemakers are inserted by thoracic and cardiothoracic surgeons. After medical school there is a 5 year surgical residency and 3-5 year fellowship. ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. John Hakim
Cardiology 28 years experience
Pacemaker : Pacemaker is minor surgery. Recovery time is one day in hospital and a few days at home. It is not major at all.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Pacemaker: In general lifting the arm will not be a problem. We give patients the caution because if the position is initially tenuous, that lifting could move o... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Lewis
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Skin rash: The skin rash could be a sign of underlying infection from the stimulator lead. See the surgeon who implanted the stimulator to evaluate the rash as s... Read More

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