A 33-year-old member asked:
is pacemaker the same function as defibrillator?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Eric Rashba answered
28 years experience Cardiology
No: Pacemakers just treat slow heart rhythms. Defibrillators can act as a pacemaker but can also treat fast dangerous heart rhythms by speeding up the heartbeat to interrupt the abnormal circuit (painless) or shocking the rhythm back to normal as a last resort. If a shock is needed it can hurt a lot for a few seconds but in most cases this is worth it because the device is saving your life.
Answered on Nov 6, 2019
Dr. Jason Rubenstein answered
19 years experience Cardiology
No.: Both defibrillators (icds) and pacemakers can treat slow heart rhythms. Some pacemakers can perform anti-tachycardic pacing, which can terminate some upper-chamber tachycardias. For the most part, however, tachycardias can not be treated by a pacemaker - and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator is required.
Answered on May 21, 2015
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