A 45-year-old member asked:
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my mom and dad both have pacemakers. one goes into the office once/year to have their pacemaker checked, the other goes in every 3 months. why?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
38 years experience Family Medicine
Pacemakers: Probably different models of pacemaker; as technology improves, the size & quality of pacemakers improve. Some can be monitored over the telephone. Other variable may be a different degree of cardiac illness in your parents, so that one must be monitored more frequently.
Answered on Jul 28, 2014
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Dr. Mary Callahan
29 years experience Cardiology
Pacemaker: Likely one is a pacemaker/defibrillator and one is a pacemaker. The pacer/defib needs to be checked more frequently and can be done in the office or over the internet. A pacemaker can be checked once or twice a year in the office and then once or twice over the phone. As either device gets older then it will need to be checked more frequently.
Answered on Jul 8, 2012

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