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Do Doctors Reuse 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
Carefully!: Most commonly one, two, or three insulated wires are placed through the left or right subclavian vein (runs under the clavicle) using a large bore needle and plastic tubes (sheaths), and then a pocket is created in the area about a half inch below the clavicle where the wires will be connected to the generator and the generator is placed in the pocket and closed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pacers: read this: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/pace/Get a more detailed answer ›
I have had a pacemaker since jan 2009, I have not seen any doctors since and I smoke, how much longer will I live??
See your doctor : No doctor can tell you how much longer you have to live. It is always a good idea to have regular check-ups at least on an annual basis. You may want to see a cardiologist to check your pacemaker. Don't ignore your health. You deserve to live as long as possible. Don't put it off. Go see your doctor. Best wishes to you for a long healthy life! ...Read more
The doctors told me my pacemaker could fail at any time, the battery may as well be dead. What should I look for?
Replacment: You should look for an opening in your schedule to have your battery replaced (before you pass out). ...Read more
Complicated: There are many indications for pacemakers(too many to list here and some a better reasons than others!), so without having a better understanding of the health issues that have arisen to this recommendation being made, it's difficult to provide you a reasonable answer. Consider providing more info or reviewing this issue with one of the HealthTap doctors in a live consult. Best of luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How doctor determine the minimum rate on my pacemaker? at the beginning, my base rate is 60 bpm, but then changed to 70 bpm. Why?
Depends: In general the rate of the pacemaker is set depends on the condition that requires the need for the device .So if the heart is slow causing symptoms then it is set at a higher rate than the baseline ,and can be adjusted as needed. Or if the slow heart predisposes to frequent premature beats or attacks of rapid heart beat then it is set even higher.The rate it is set is arbitrary and changeable ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Am I at the mercy of my doctor when it comes to brand and type of pacemaker replacement I get? Do I have any input? How can I research my options?
Speak with him: Speaking with your MD regarding this concern is key. He is performing a procedure on you so it is important your are comfortable with what is going on. From experience, no significant difference comes from different brands. This is your body and having your questions answered before proceeding is completely valid. ...Read more
My brother had a pacemaker implanted after a had flatlining fainting spells. Apparently his heart is strong. Doctors don't know why this happens.?
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