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A 30-year-old female asked:

do you need a pacemaker if you have atrial tachycardia?

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Dr. Mathew Chengot
Cardiology 43 years experience
No: You need work up and treatments.
Dr. Warren Foster
Cardiac Electrophysiology 20 years experience
Pacemaker: One solution for hard to treat atrial tachycardia may involve the use of a pacemaker; however, this is usually reserved for older people who can not tolerate other treatments, or they are ineffective. Medications can be tried. Catheter ablation is often a successful cure. Request a cardiac electrophysiology referral, to discuss options.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Do pacemakers improve the quality of life of people?

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Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 20 years experience
Not always: In some cases, it is meant to prevent occasional pauses in conduction, which can occur very rarely. Sometimes they are put in to prevent the first such event, when the likelihood it will occur seems likely, and the patient may never notice a difference! if someone is fainting often, or feeling very lethargic/weak from low heart rates, the pacemaker may have a drastic impact on quality of life.
Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 36 years experience
For CHF patients a bi-ventricular pacemaker can significantly improve quality of life. Bradycardic (slow heart rate - HR) and Tachyarrythmic (fast HR) also often report improvement in fatigue, dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath and even chest pain.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

How are batteries chosen to be put in pacemakers?

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Dr. William Scott
Pediatric Cardiology 39 years experience
Manufacture specific: The companies that manufacture pacemakers design their own batteries to optimize the longevity of the device. The batteries are not replaced when depleted; the entire pacemaker is replaced.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

How are pacemakers maintained?

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Dr. Mary Callahan
Cardiology 29 years experience
Pacemaker followup: Pacemakers are followed by cardiologists in two ways--they are seen regularly in the office to adjust and check the battery. In between office visits the devices can be checked remotely either over the phone or internet.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What is a biventricular pacemaker?

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Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 36 years experience
CRT: Also known as cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker, this device has 2 or 3 leads positioned to make the left ventricle contract at the same time - or in synchrony - as the right ventricle so that the heart beats in a more balanced way.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Are pacemakers affected at all by long distance flights or particularly high altitude?

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Dr. William Scott
Pediatric Cardiology 39 years experience
No: Pacemakers are subject to electromagnetic interference, but are not affected by altitude.

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