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What is a biventricular pacemaker?

What is a biventricular pacemaker?

CRT: Also known as cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker, this device has 2 or 3 leads positioned to make the left ventricle contract at the same time - or in synchrony - as the right ventricle so that the heart beats in a more balanced way. ...Read more

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Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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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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I an very deconditioned. I have a biventricular pacemaker. Would it be better to walk at a slow pace for a longtime or short time fast paced?

I an very deconditioned.  I have a biventricular pacemaker.  Would it be better to walk at a slow pace for a longtime or short time fast paced?

Slow: Conditioning should start at a slow pace for a period that will not cause exhaustion or fatigue. This may take a while before increasing the time duration. In patients with significant cardiac impairment duration of exercise rather than intensity is better in improving functional status ...Read more

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I'm on the biventricular pacemaker I was told its put under collar bone, Where are the other ones put?

I'm on the biventricular pacemaker I was told its put under collar bone, Where are the other ones put?

Pacemakers: Pacemakers are preferably placed on the chest wall just below the clavicle(collar bone). They are all placed in about the same place regardless of single, dual or more chamber pacing. ...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 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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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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