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Are hot tubs a problem for people with pacemakers?

Are hot tubs a problem for people with pacemakers?

No: Unless you have just had your pacemaker inserted. You should wait 2 weeks post insertion. You should avoid prolonged exposure and dehydration, but this is no particular to individuals with pacemakers. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Pacemaker (Definition)

A pacemaker is a device which sends electrical signals to the heart triggering heartbeats when needed. There are many ways to implant and configure a pacemaker; it may beat the top chambers (atria), lower chambers (ventricles) or both. Some systems stimulate both the left and right ventricles together. Pacemakers generally treat abnormally slow heart rhythms and certain ...Read more


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What are the most common problems people face with pacemakers?

What are the most common problems people face with pacemakers?

Pacemaker problems: Pacemaker problems can be categorized based on the timing since, or during, implantation. They can vary between infections requiring removal, malfunctions, discomfort, and adverse effects from an otherwise normally functioning pacemaker. ...Read more

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What medical problems can occurr after implantation of pacemakers?

There are many: Early: bleeding into the pacemaker pocket / infection, lead dislodgment, perforation, arrhythmias.
Late: infection, arrhythmias, pacemaker malfunction

anytime: pacemaker syndrome (also known as av dyssynchrony syndrome)

symptoms may not improve if the indication for pacemaker insertion were soft or not really present. This is not uncommon. ...Read more

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Does pacemaker cause any problems with airport metal detectors?

Does pacemaker cause any problems with airport metal detectors?

Yes: You need to be hand screened -- and remember to tell them when you arrive. It will set them off -- and that will just delay you. You will be hand-screened or searched. The microwave technology does not do a good job determining what the pacemaker is, although it is getting better. ...Read more

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Wat is the risk of replacing a 13 year old pacemaker wires, for problems of possible infection?

Wat is the risk of replacing a 13 year old pacemaker wires, for problems of possible infection?

Risky: It's risky and should only be attempted by centers with experience doing this type of replacement and with emergency capability if there are complications. ...Read more

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I had a pacemaker put in in 08. But sometimes ir feels like I have another heartbeat? I have problems breathing...But pacemaker is working good.

Check something else: If you have had a regular pacemaker clinic and everything is working properly and no evidence of pacemaker mediated tachycadia then you need to look into other reasons for the shortness of breath -- please talk with your doctor! ...Read more

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Can a heart pacemaker stimulate the vagus nerve and cause other problems?

Can a heart pacemaker stimulate the vagus nerve and cause other problems?

No: Cardiac pacemakers maintain and encourage normal heart rhythms, and are used to treat abnormal heart beat patterns. The vagus nerve is stimulated by a vagal nerve stimulator used over the left vagus, which does not have cardiac innervation, and this device helps control seizures. ...Read more

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I have a pacemaker (icd) can I saftley make a tattoo? The machine can cause problems for the icd if I do it on the same side as the pacemaker?

I have a pacemaker (icd) can I saftley make a tattoo? The machine can cause problems for the icd if I do it on the same side as the pacemaker?

Caution: The tattoo machine is quite unlikely to cause electrical problems for your device. I would avoid tattoos, however, especially near or on the same side as the ICD because this increases the risk of infection. I would generally advise people not to do this. ...Read more

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If a heart rate of 50bpm was causing light headedness in a 24 year old male, with no heart problem after tests, would a pacemaker be required?

Dr. Dev Vaz Dr. Vaz
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If a heart rate of 50bpm was causing light headedness in a 24 year old male, with no heart problem after tests, would a pacemaker be required?

It depends: It depends on the circumstances. Usually a heart rate of 50 bp in an athletic 24 years old at rest is not considered a problem especially if he can generate heart rates of over 100 bpm with exercise. However, if he cannot increase his heart rate during physical activity and becomes light headed, he may have chronotropic incompetence and may need consideration for a pacemaker. ...Read more

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Can someone who has never had any health problems suddenly need a pacemaker? Grandmother taken to hospital in Mexico for foot injury Dr says she needs

Can someone who has never had any health problems suddenly need a pacemaker? Grandmother taken to hospital in Mexico for foot injury Dr says she needs

Possible: It's certainly possible for some with minimal symptoms to be in high degree heart block. Perhaps her foot injury was because of dizziness or passing out from a heart problem. Good luck with your grandmother. ...Read more

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My 8yo son has cardiac svt. He had an ablation last year, but it was unsuccessful because his problem area lies in the av node. Can ablation solve this without installing a pacemaker?

My 8yo son has cardiac svt. He had an ablation last year, but it was unsuccessful because his problem area lies in the av node. Can ablation solve this without installing a pacemaker?

Very possibly: My understanding is AV nodal reentrant tachycardia is the most common cause of supraventricular tachycardia. Ablation may be the preferred treatment, especially in a child, who would experience years of freedom from symptoms. Catheter ablation carries a 90% success rate, which means 10% may need further treatment. Repeat ablation can be done with a similarly high success rate. I hope he does well. ...Read more

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Pacemaker problem regarding heart attack/cardiac arrest, can you tell me about this?

Pacemaker problem regarding heart attack/cardiac arrest, can you tell me about this?

Unrelated: There is far less than a 1% risk of heart attack during pacemaker implantation. Once it is implanted, there is almost no way it could cause a significant heart attack. It will not prevent most cardiac arrests. An ICD can treat cardiac arrest from ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation ...Read more

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51 yr old brother had pacemaker implanted after 6 fainting-flatlining episodes. Mri/ct scan showed brain/heart not the problem. Why is this happening

51 yr old brother had pacemaker implanted after 6 fainting-flatlining episodes. Mri/ct scan showed brain/heart not the problem. Why is this happening

Not sure.: Pacemakers not implanted without very specific indication. Mri/ct scanning is not expected to demonstrate any abnormality for fainting or flatlining. Ask electrophysiologist and interventional cardiologist who implanted the device. Your brother should no longer have fainting after implant. Continued symptoms suggest another cause....Seizure? Psychiatric? ...Read more

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3 months waking up running fever. No sweating or chills but skin is hot and red. Not been sick...But been really tired and not myself. I have a pacemaker but other than that im ok...I don't undersand why I would be running fever?

3 months waking up running fever. No sweating or chills but skin is hot and red. Not been sick...But been really tired and not myself. I have a pacemaker but other than that im ok...I don't undersand why I would be running fever?

Infection possible: Go back and have the pacemaker carefully checked. There may be a low grade focus of infection, hopefully at the pacer site, rather than in the heart itself. You need a full detailed evaluation, perhaps by an id consultant. ...Read more

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What is the typical cost for pacemaker implantation in the u.S.?

What is the typical cost for pacemaker implantation in the u.S.?

It Varies: In a study from 2005, during the first four years, the cumulative cost for a patient with a dual-chamber pacemaker was $27, 441. This price did not distinguish between what was patient costs vs. Insurance costs. ...Read more

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What is a pacemaker?

What is a pacemaker?

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. ...Read more

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What are pacemakers?

What are pacemakers?

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. ...Read more

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Can a pacemaker expire?

The battery runs out: The battery runs out after years and the whole unit needs to be replaced. ...Read more

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How to test a pacemaker?

Pacemaker clinic: You need to go to pacemaker clinic at a hospital where they will "interogate" it. You cannot do it by yourself. ...Read more

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How do pacemakers appear?

Small implant: It usually appears as a small implant in the left or right upper chest area --. ...Read more

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How does a pacemaker work?

How does a pacemaker work?

Artificial pacemaker: Artificial (implantable) pacemakers are mostly regulated by a sensor that recognizes motion. It's similar to the sensor that changes your phone/ipads display from portrait to landscape, based on the direction of the device. There are other sensors, such as ones that measure the density of blood in the heart and chest motion (simulating breathing). Get your routine pacemaker maintenance checks. ...Read more

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Who should use pacemakers?

Who should use pacemakers?

HeartRhythm or block: Pacemakers are most commonly necessary for patients with bradycardia- slow heart rate, tachycardia - fast heart rate, and heart block - when the heart stops beating for several seconds. ...Read more

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What are fixed pacemakers?

Fixed rate: I assume you mean fixed rate pacemakers. We don't use them anymore. The very earliest pacemakers just fired at whatever rate you set them, once a second if you set the rate to 60. That lead to chaos if the patient's inherent heart rate was not always real slow. So they made pacemaker's which sense normal beats and only fire if the rate gets slow. They are inhibited when a heartbeat is sensed. ...Read more

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How are pacemakers placed?

How are pacemakers placed?

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. ...Read more

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How do pacemakers function?

How do pacemakers function?

Pacemaker: When the heart rate slows down to a certain level the the pacer senses this then puts out an electrical impulse to cause the heart to contract. ...Read more

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What people need pacemakers?

What people need pacemakers?

Slow heart rate: The typical reason to get a pacemaker is slow heart rate *hr), say, below 40 beats a minute. Some people get pacemakers because their hr won't increase with exercise. The most common reason is atrial fibrillation, which can often lead to slow hr. Slow hr causes fatigue or out of breath with exertion or passing out. Some people get special pacemakers to improve heart function if the heart is weak. ...Read more