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A 42-year-old female asked:

How are pacemakers placed?

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Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 55 years experience
Minor surgical proce: Pacemakers are placed in a cardiac cath or surgical suite with the visual guidance of fluoroscopy (x-ray visualization). A pacing lead is placed into the heart after access to a vein in the arm, groin, neck, chest is obtained. Specific electrical parameters of the lead are checked, then the lead attached to a pacemaker often embedded in the upper chest wall, where small incision is made.
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Pacemaker: The wire is introduced through a large vein and passed to the heart position under fluoroscopic guidance. After lead position is verified, a skin pocket for the pulse generator is made the system is connected, placed in the pocket and the pocket is closed.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What are pacemakers?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 56 years experience
Speed up heart: If your heart is beating too slow, a pacemaker sends a small electric shock to the heart making it beat faster. There is a batery and some electronic circuits which tell the pacemaker when your heart beats too slow.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

What is a pacemaker?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 24 years experience
Heart device.: A cardiac pacemaker is a device that is implanted in the chest to permanently regulate heartbeat rhythms. The pacemaker monitors the heartbeat to make sure it is not beating too slowly, and when necessary transmits electric pulses to the heart to increase the heartbeat pace. Pacemakers are periodically replaced every several years when the battery runs out.
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