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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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 the process of getting a cardiac pacemaker like?

What is the process of getting a cardiac pacemaker like?

It's quick: When you come to the lab, out give you some Lidocaine in your skin which stings and burns for a moment. After that, you'll feel some pressure and pulling as we make a space for the pacemaker. There will be a little bit of pressure as we put in the sheaths to attach wires to the heart. You may feel your heart race as we test the wires, and after a few stitches, it will all be over. ...Read more

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What is it like to get a cardiac pacemaker?

What is it like to get a cardiac pacemaker?

Pacemaker: In the or the chest is prepped and the patient receives light sedation. The implant area is numbed with local anesthetic and the pacing wires are introduced and passed under fluoroscopy to the heart, positioned and tested. The device is attached to the leads and placed in a pocket under the skin. The pocket is closed and the patient is monitored before going home. ...Read more

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How has the cardiac pacemaker changed in the last twenty years?

How has the cardiac pacemaker changed in the last twenty years?

Pacemaker: Yes - it is very sophisticated due to advancement in electronic technology and in making things smaller. ...Read more

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If somebody install a cardiac pacemaker, how to avoid exclusion from immune system?

If somebody install a cardiac pacemaker, how to avoid exclusion from immune system?

Pacemakers: Electronic pacemakers are not organic so aren't bothered structurally by immune response. Inflammatory reaction in the area of the leads can change sensing and pacing thresholds. ...Read more

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Is my gas pacemaker interfering with cardiac pacemaker? It is placed on the same side as the cardiac pacemaker and I feel some cardiac abnormalities.

Is my gas pacemaker interfering with cardiac pacemaker? It is placed on the same side as the cardiac pacemaker and I feel some cardiac abnormalities.

They are not: Suppose to interfere between each other. I do not know what cardiac abnormalities you referred. But, call the cardiology clinic to check the pacemaker. They can do that from your home. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have had severe pain in my right shoulder for about 9 months. Xrays were taken and revealed nothing. Can't do MRI (cardiac pacemaker) but ortho su?

CT arthrogram: If you can't do mri, you can try ct arthrogram. This is done with injecting a contrast/dye into the joint before the ct scan. If done right it can be useful in diagnosing rotator cuff tears. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have a cardiac pacemaker, can you have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest?

I'm just wondering, if you have a cardiac pacemaker, can you have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest?

Yes: The pacemaker will keep functioning with electrical stimuli when the detected pulse is below set rate.
Heart attack- muscle death can happen. If it happens at site of pacer contact to heart, the pacer can fail to stimulate. ...Read more

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What are heart pacemakers for?

What are heart pacemakers for?

Enusure that: Heart rate does not go below a certain rate by paving the right atrium or right ventricle or both (in general). ...Read more

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Are there alternative welding methods that can be used by people with heart pacemakers?

Are there alternative welding methods that can be used by people with heart pacemakers?

Not usualy: We really don't think of OCD as contagious in any sense. However because it can be very intense and powerful to be around someone with OCD it can seem very compelling. Sometimes people over accommodate to be supportive or agreeable. ...Read more

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Can a bluetooth receiver mess with a pacemaker?

Pacemakers: Bluetooth is a different technology and is unlikely to interfere with the devices programming functions or sensing and pacing. The device is shielded from most electronic interference except for very strong fields. ...Read more

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Can planting a permenant pacemaker cause cardiac tamponade?

Can planting a permenant pacemaker cause cardiac tamponade?

Yes: If a pacemaker lead perforated the right atrial or ventricular wall....If suspected echocardiogram should be ordered immediately. ...Read more

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Is there any maintenance involved with cardiac pacemakers?

3 to 6 months check: Routine checks every 3 to 6 months which often can also be accomplished remotely from home. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a patient on an external pacemaker to still die from cardiac arrest?

Is it possible for a patient on an external pacemaker to still die from cardiac arrest?

Yes: Ventricular tachycardia, or fibrillation, or full arrest can still happen.
The external or internal pacemaker will continue to fire but is ineffective. ...Read more

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How often do cardiac ablation surgeries result in complications requiring pacemakers implantation?

How often do cardiac ablation surgeries result in complications requiring pacemakers implantation?

It depends: It depends on the ablation type: almost never for wpw, atrial fibrillation/flutter or ventricular tachycardia; 1% or less for avnrt (atrioventricular nodal reentry tachycardia). In avnrt, there is an extra 'lane' in the av node that conducts electrical impulses leading to tachycardia and the ablation can unintentionally damage the whole av node resulting in heart block and need for pacemaker. ...Read more

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I am a 73 yr old male with a cardiac regular pacemaker; that is 2 years old. My cardiologist wants me to replace it. Is it necessary?

I am a 73 yr old male with a cardiac regular pacemaker; that is 2 years old. My cardiologist wants me to replace it. Is it necessary?

Sounds fishy: Most pacemakers implanted today last 7-10 years. 2 years is awfully short. Even at maximal settings a pacemaker should last 5 years. ...Read more

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A 68 year old man with pacemaker after a cardiac arrest in august is having angina after mild exertion. He is on 60 mgimdur but it is not working. Solution?

See you heart Dr: See you cardiologist, tell you cardiologist your symptoms and concerns, I am pretty sure that you doctor will be able to adjust the treatment to improve your symptoms. ...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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If you have a pacemaker, can you still have a heart attack / cardiac arrest?

If you have a pacemaker, can you still have a heart attack / cardiac arrest?

Yes: Pacemaker helps to control or regulate the rhythm (electricity) of the heart. Heart attack is related to blockages of the arteries of the heart (plumbing, if you want the analogy). Pacemaker will prevent the heart beating too slow but will NOT prevent blockages from developing or producing heart attacks ...Read more

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Can you still have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest if you have a pacemaker?

Can you still have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest if you have a pacemaker?

Yes: Both of these problems are due to issues not addressed by the pacemaker. A heart attack is generally due to a blockage and a heart artery, and cardiac arrest is usually due to an exceedingly fast heart rate where the pacemaker only fixes slow heart rates. A defibrillator is the device of choice to treat cardiac arrest. ...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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Had a cardiac ablation two weeks ago and now my heart ratee is going from 50 to as high as 130 Could that mean a pacemaker Getting an even monitor?

Had a cardiac ablation two weeks ago and now my heart ratee is going from 50 to as high as 130 Could that mean a pacemaker Getting an even monitor?

Great question!: Since you've already had an ablation, you already have an expert at your disposal to help answer this question - the same doctor who did your procedure. He or she needs to know your symptoms in order to obtain any additional testing, which may well be an event monitor. Call today! ...Read more

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Should my sister have a pacemaker placed? She is 83 years old and in faily good health, I feel that much of her cardiac issues are drug induced by prescription drugs. She is not a candidate for open heart surgey and refuses extraordinary means, such as

Should my sister have a pacemaker placed? She is 83 years old and in faily good health, I feel that much of her cardiac issues are drug induced by prescription drugs. She is not a candidate for open heart surgey and refuses extraordinary means, such as

If: If your sister has really gone into ‘v-fib’ twice, she may not be in as good of a health status as you may think. V-fib stands for ventricular fibrillation, a life threatening heart rhythm abnormalities from the bottom chambers of the heart that is so rapid and disorganized that the heart is essentially stops pumping blood out of the heart effectively and thus can lead to sudden and unexpected cardiac death. If v-fib persists, the only way to terminated it is to ‘shock the patient’ out of it with a defibrillator. The fact that you mention that she is not a candidate for ‘open heart surgery’ leads me to believe that she may suffer from with heart artery blockages, severe heart disease, or one of the many other serious heart problems. Unless your sister suffers from a relatively rare condition called ‘bradycardia-dependent v-fib’ (life threatening fat heart rhythm from the bottom chambers that are triggered from slow heart eat from the bottom chambers), chances are that your sister needs is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (icd), not a pacemaker. Icds are expensive devices that can be associated with complications such as death, stroke, heart attacks, infections, blood clots, rupture of blood vessels, perforation of the heart muscle, bleeding, etc. While the risk versus benefit ratio is unique to each patient, their condition, the expertise and experience of their physician and that of the he staff of the facility where the procedure is done, among selected patients, the procedural risk of these procedures is substantially less than the risk of not having it done. Icd can improve quality of life and life expectancy in the right patients. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more