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Dr. James Chapman
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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?

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 are common side effects of interferon therapy?

What are common side effects of interferon therapy?

Interferon: Treatment-related side effects are nearly universal most common: fatigue (interferon and ribavirin) flulike symptoms: fever, headache, muscle ache (interferon and ribavirin) mild anxiety (interferon) skin rash (ribavirin) depression (interferon) gastrointestinal symptoms: nausea, diarrhea (interferon and ribavirin) monitoring for severe side effects (eg, marked anemia) is an important part of trea. ...Read more

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What are common side effects of combination (ribavirin + interferon) treatment?

What are common side effects of combination (ribavirin + interferon) treatment?

Lots...: Fatigue, headache, rigors, fever, insomnia, irritability, depression, dizziness, impaired concentration, anxiety, emotional lability, hair loss, pruritus, dry skin , rash, nausea, anorexia , weight loss, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, anemia, injection site reaction, muscle and joint pains, shortness of breath, cough, flu-like symptoms, birth defects, chest pain, suicidal behavior to start. ...Read more

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Ms. After 1 yr using interferon, my right eye lost 20% sight. Like seeing clouds. My md said that this is common and it will be cured on it's own.

Ms. After 1 yr using interferon, my right eye lost 20% sight. Like seeing clouds. My md said that this is common and it will be cured on it's own.

Get second opinion: Sorry, but you are using a medication which lacks efficacy. You likely have had optic neuritis, and due to ineffective treatment, you probably have persistent damage to the optic nerve (but cannot exclude retinal problem as other explanation) You cannot sit still and wait and hope with MS, as it is indeed a BAD disease. Get a physician who specializes in MS, and use a potent medication. ...Read more

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Can invisible fences interfere with pacemakers?

Can invisible fences interfere with pacemakers?

No: It is very unlikely that an invisible fence would interfere with a pacemaker. Normally, and this is generally true of the pacemakers that have been implanted over the past 10 years or so, not much on the outside of the body can affect their function with the exception of large magnetic fields (like that of an mri). Even then, the interference is not permanent and not significantly detrimental. ...Read more

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What could interfere with pacemakers?

What could interfere with pacemakers?

Electronics/ magnets: Patients with pacemakers are advised to avoid strong magnetic fields. Mri studies are generally contraindicated. Electronic devices such a cell phones and game controllers should usually be kept at least 12 inches away fom the device. Security devices can sometimes cause problems and many airports will have pacemaker patients have a different assessment. ...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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