A 29-year-old female asked:
what r the long term side effects to being 100% paced with a dual lead pacemaker? i have one &am paced100%@bottom, 70%@top, i am almost 30yrs old.
3 doctor answers
Dr. William Scott answered
39 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Low: There is an ongoing small risk of infection. There is also a small operative risk associated with changing the pacemaker and the wires that attach to your heart. Sometimes the old wires need to be removed and this carries a risk as well. There is very low risk of device malfunction. Very rarely patients can develop weaker heart muscle from chronic pacing. All combined the risks remain low.
Answered on Dec 9, 2012
Dr. Liviu Klein answered
23 years experience Cardiology
Cardiomyopathy & AF: Long term ventricular pacing can lead to atrial fibrillation (af) or development of left ventricular (lv) systolic dysfunction. One should monitor the pacemaker to identify silent af episodes and periodically obtain an echocardiogram to monitor lv size and function. It could be helpful to see an electrophysiologist to explore programming or upgrade options of the pacemaker to prevent the above.
Answered on Nov 19, 2015
Dr. Michael Becker answered
42 years experience Cardiology
The Details Matter: Right ventricular apical pacing(tradtional lead position) greater than 40%is associated with increased risk of atrial fibrillation, ventricular dysfunction and heart failure. New pacing algorythms(programming) and alternative right ventricular lead positions that permit more natural impulse conduction, may reduce this risk.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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