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Are Hot Tubs A Problem For People With Pacemakers
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
Pacer: Go see the doc, need first to be sure pacer is working properly. ...Read more
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
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
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
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 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?
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
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
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
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
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
I have a history of heart problems...wpw, sss, mvp, I have a pacemaker. I seen a rheumatologist for joint pain and fatigue my Ck was 396 is that bad?
CPK: As isolated value likely not significant; if persistently so then review with your rheumatologist ...Read more
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
My grandfather is in his 80's and he will be having the battery on his pacemaker replaced. Are their any major risks involved?
No: It shouldn't really be a big procedure and it is an expert who's doing it who knows all the precautions. Good luck. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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