A 33-year-old male asked:
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can planting a permenant pacemaker cause cardiac tamponade?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
22 years experience Cardiology
Yes: If a pacemaker lead perforated the right atrial or ventricular wall....If suspected echocardiogram should be ordered immediately.
Answered on Sep 18, 2012
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Dr. John Garner
16 years experience Cardiology
Yes: If the wire puntures the heart, blood fills the sac surrounding the heart and tamponade can result. This is a known risk of the procedure and occurs ~1:500 times.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
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