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what materials are pacemakers made of

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
55 years experience Cardiology
Several things: The case is made of titanium, the batteries are lithium, /iodine cells, the electrodes are thin insulated wires, and the circuit boards contain resist ... Read More
Dr. Diana Metzger
30 years experience Cardiology
Biocompatable stuff: There are multiple components, but all must be nontoxic, not cause immune sytem to react, sterilizable, and able to work in wet, warm and mobile envi ... Read More

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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
46 years experience Cardiology
Yes: Yes they have metal casings and electronic insides.
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Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
32 years experience Cardiology
Yes: Yes. The outer casing is usually titanium. The inner computer circuit probably contains small amounts of silver.
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Dr. Gavin Noble
22 years experience Cardiology
Yes: Although some new models are safe in MRI machines.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Payam Mehranpour
23 years experience Cardiology
Not high risk : Generator exchange is not a high risk procedure. It is usually done with sedation and local anesthesia. Risks are mostly local e.g. Bleeding or infect ... Read More
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Dr. Nestor Del rosario
34 years experience Addiction Medicine
No: It shouldn't really be a big procedure and it is an expert who's doing it who knows all the precautions. Good luck.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
55 years experience Cardiology
Speed up heart: If your heart is beating too slow, a pacemaker sends a small electric shock to the heart making it beat faster. There is a batery and some electronic ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
23 years experience Cardiology
Heart device.: A cardiac pacemaker is a device that is implanted in the chest to permanently regulate heartbeat rhythms. The pacemaker monitors the heartbeat to make ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Jost
36 years experience Cardiology
Battery life: Pacemakers have a battery or generator life. The device does not 'expire' but it does come to end of life and the generator or body of the pacemaker ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chris Oh
Dr. Chris Oh answered
21 years experience Internal Medicine
Pacemaker clinic: You need to go to pacemaker clinic at a hospital where they will "interogate" it. You cannot do it by yourself.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Budi Bahureksa
31 years experience Cardiology
Small implant: It usually appears as a small implant in the left or right upper chest area --.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
54 years experience Phlebology
Minor surgical proce: Pacemakers are placed in a cardiac cath or surgical suite with the visual guidance of fluoroscopy (x-ray visualization). A pacing lead is placed int ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
55 years experience Cardiology
Fixed rate: I assume you mean fixed rate pacemakers. We don't use them anymore. The very earliest pacemakers just fired at whatever rate you set them, once a seco ... Read More
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