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Doctor insights on: Athletes With Pacemakers

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If someone was a fit athlete and had a low resting heart rate of say 30 and had a pacemaker for any reason to make it 60 what would happen?

If someone was a fit athlete and had a low resting heart rate of say 30 and had a pacemaker for any reason to make it 60 what would happen?

That's too low.: Even for a fit athlete, a resting heart rate of 30 is just too slow. The HR in an elite athlete may dip into the mid-40s, but any lower would make me think that there's some pathology in the rhythm system of the heart for which a pacemaker might actually be required. With this HR, is there any lightheadedness, shortness of breath, passing out? ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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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 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?

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?

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?

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

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Are pacemakers made of metal?

Are pacemakers made of metal?

Yes: Yes they have metal casings and electronic insides. ...Read more

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What are pacemakers used for?

What are pacemakers used for?

Pacemaker: A pacemaker is an electronic device which uses a lead as an antenna to sense the heart's electrical activity. It uses the same lead(s) to deliver a small electrical impulse to the heart to make it contract if the heart isn't going as fast as the device was programmed to maintain. Pacemakers both sense heart activity and pace it to produce activity. They maintain heart rate. Other things too.... ...Read more

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When do you need a pacemaker?

When do you need a pacemaker?

Be seen: See your cardiologist to stratify your risk and possible need for a pacemaker. ...Read more

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When are pacemakers necessary?

When are pacemakers necessary?

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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How long will a pacemaker last?

10 years: Depends on the model of the pacemaker and when it was put in. It's not uncommon for pacemakers today to last 10 years or longer. Part of that is dependent on how many times its had to kick in. ...Read more

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What causes pacemakers to work?

What causes pacemakers to work?

Pacemakers: A pacemaker is a battery driven device. It is actually a small computer. Some of its functions are like a radio receiver, its pacing function is just delivering a tiny shock to the heart. A defibrillator delivers a bigger shock to the heart. ...Read more

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What is used to make pacemakers?

What is used to make pacemakers?

Pacemakers: Pacemakers are used to sense the heartbeat and if no heartbeat is detected, an electrical impulse to stimulate the heart is provided. Therefore, components of a pacemaker are 1. Sensor 2. Power supply to deliver an electrical impulse 3. Leads that connect the body of pacemaker to the heart. Current day pacemakers are very small, almost size of a large coin. Circuitry is inside a titanium can. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about pacemaker?

Can you tell me about pacemaker?

Pacemaker: A pacemaker is an electronic device which uses a lead as an antenna to sense the heart's electrical activity. It uses the same lead(s) to deliver a small electrical impulse to the heart to make it contract if the heart isn't going as fast as the device was programmed to maintain. Pacemakers both sense heart activity and pace it to produce activity. They maintain heart rate. Other things too.... ...Read more

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Could I have pacemaker syndrome?

Depends: Pacemaker syndrome is a constellation of symptoms cause by dysynchronous pacing of the heart by a single lead in the right ventricle.This usually occurs when atrial activity is present. Pacing the ventricle independent of the atrium causes a "conflict" between the 2 chambers leading to inefficient cardiac performance.Treatment consists of putting another lead in the atrium to synchronize contracti ...Read more

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Can you tell me about pacemakers?

Can you tell me about pacemakers?

Sure I can: They are used if the heart is beating too slow. Electrodes are inserted into the heart through a vein usually in the area of the clavicle. They are attached to a battery which sends an electric current down the wires. This causes the heart to contract. We can set the rate so that the heart will beat faster. Also the device senses if your heart beats on its own and is in that case inhibited. ...Read more

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How can pacemakers be programmed?

How can pacemakers be programmed?

Programmer: The piece of equipment used to interrogate and program pacemakers (and defibrillators) are called programmers. The programmer is used (usually) by a representative of the manufacturer. When devices are implanted they are usually set to 'norms' established for the patient's condition. Later, especially for bi-v, they are optimized. It is the cardiologist that determines the appropriate settings. ...Read more

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What exactly does a pacemaker do?

What exactly does a pacemaker do?

A pacemaker: Is a small device that's placed in the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms. This device uses electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate. ...Read more

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What happens with two pacemakers?

More info needed: What do you mean? We never leave two pacemakers active in the same patient. Each would sense the others' activity and abnormal behavior of both would result. ...Read more

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Why would someone need a pacemaker?

Electrical issues: The heart has mechanical and electrical functions. A pacemaker is needed when the patient's heart rate or rhythm is abnormal. The most typical conditions are bradycardia (slow heart rate), tachycardia (fast heart rate) and heart block (a condition where the heart stops beating for several seconds). ...Read more

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Benefits/risks of pacemaker if >90?

Small risk-big bene: If a pacemaker is indicated, age is completely irrelevant. The vast majority of people who need and get pacemakers are elderly. It doesn't matter if you're >100. The procedure is minor and done under local anesthetic with minimal risk. If you're symptomatic from a rhythm disturbance corrected by a pacemaker, you will feel much better with it and there's not reason not to proceed. ...Read more

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What is the function of pacemakers?

What is the function of pacemakers?

Devices for rhythm: Pacemakers are medical devices implanted under the skin and connected to leads inserted through veins into the chambers of the heart. By sending out a small electrical impulse the pacemaker can restore heart rhythm. The most common use for a pacemaker is for a very slow heart beat to restore rhythm. They may be either single or double lead pacemakers determined by patient need. ...Read more

Dr. Jordan Steinberg
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Athlete (Definition)

Ath·lete n. A person possessing the natural or acquired traits, such as strength, agility, and endurance, that are necessary for physical exercise or sports, especially those ...Read more