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A 48-year-old member asked:

what's the death rate for pacemaker battery replacements?

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Dr. William Scott
Pediatric Cardiology 39 years experience
Low: If there are no other medical conditions, the risk of dying from a pacemaker replacement is very low, below 1%.
Dr. John Garner
Cardiology 16 years experience
Ridiculously Low: Really really really low. < 1:2000 if you don't have particularly severe heart failure or some much more rare condition which sets you up for major complications.

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Why has death by sepsis increased in recent times?

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Can someone die during a cardiac catheterization?

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Dr. Mark Stern
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Yes: The usual risk of the procedure is 1 to 2 in 1000 of a serious complication , including death.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between a defibrillator and a pacemaker?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
What they do: Some pacemakers include defibrillators and some do not. A "regular" pacemaker simply sets the heart rate or helps to control the rate at which the heart beats. An implated defibrillator, usually is also a pacemaker, but constantly monitors the heart for dangerous heart rate types and delivers an eclectric shock to try and return the irregular heart rate to normal.
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