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A 42-year-old member asked:

If you have a pacemaker, can you still have a heart attack / cardiac arrest?

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Dr. Sergio Schabelman
Cardiology 48 years experience
Yes: pacemaker helps to control or regulate the rhythm (electricity) of the heart. Heart attack is related to blockages of the arteries of the heart (plumbing, if you want the analogy). Pacemaker will prevent the heart beating too slow but will NOT prevent blockages from developing or producing heart attacks

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can you still have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest if you have a pacemaker?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Garner
Cardiology 16 years experience
Yes: Both of these problems are due to issues not addressed by the pacemaker. A heart attack is generally due to a blockage and a heart artery, and cardiac arrest is usually due to an exceedingly fast heart rate where the pacemaker only fixes slow heart rates. A defibrillator is the device of choice to treat cardiac arrest.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Pacemaker problem regarding heart attack/cardiac arrest, can you tell me about this?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ian Weisberg
Cardiac Electrophysiology 19 years experience
Unrelated: There is far less than a 1% risk of heart attack during pacemaker implantation. Once it is implanted, there is almost no way it could cause a significant heart attack. It will not prevent most cardiac arrests. An ICD can treat cardiac arrest from ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation
A 38-year-old member asked:

I'm just wondering, if you have a cardiac pacemaker, can you have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Budi Bahureksa
Cardiology 31 years experience
Yes: Pacemaker does not protect against heart attack or cardiac arrest.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What condition is worse: a heart attack or cardiac arrest?

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Dr. Donald Elton
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Cardiac arrest: A heart attack means damage to heart muscle usually from a blocked coronary artery while cardiac arrest means the heart beat has stopped altogether. Either can be fatal.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What to do if heart attack or go into cardiac arrest. Is this likely?

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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
Thoracic Surgery 23 years experience
Call 911: If you think you are having a heart attack, seek immediate medical attention. If you have a cardiac arrest, someone else will have to do it for you.

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