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Do pacemakers improve the quality of life of people?

Do pacemakers improve the quality of life of people?

Not always: In some cases, it is meant to prevent occasional pauses in conduction, which can occur very rarely. Sometimes they are put in to prevent the first such event, when the likelihood it will occur seems likely, and the patient may never notice a difference! if someone is fainting often, or feeling very lethargic/weak from low heart rates, the pacemaker may have a drastic impact on quality of life. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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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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How can I get my heart doc to listen about the placement of my pacemaker? I have x-ray's that show its moved & my quality of life is no longer there.

How can I get my heart doc to listen about the placement of my pacemaker? I have x-ray's that show its moved & my quality of life is no longer there.

More info needed: You dont say how your quality of life has changed by the pacer moving. If its a vanity issue they may not listen because it is not a simple procedure to "move" your pacemaker. It may also not be covered by your insurance and the cost could be significant, it would have to be a medically indicated reason to move it and again it is not a simple thing and still can move next time also. ...Read more

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I am 47 years, i ask..Does installing pacemaker help to improving my heart muscle , my e.F is 32%..Thanks?

I am 47 years, i ask..Does installing pacemaker help to improving my heart muscle , my e.F is 32%..Thanks?

Depends: If the disease is in the muscle, installing a pacer will help if and only if there's a problem getting the atrial kick to the ventricles at the right time. Pacers are great for the right patients, but if the problem is a weak muscle in itself, don't expect benefit. Good luck. ...Read more

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How does having a pacemaker affect your everyday life?

How does having a pacemaker affect your everyday life?

Everything: If pacemaker is indicated -- it means that your quality of life such as working and functioning day today is dependent on it -- and you must have it. ...Read more

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Can people with pacemakers be shocked back to life with an aed?

Yes: And i would imagine that if that patient had developed an arrythmia, the patient would be reevaluated in case it was appropriate to replace the pacemaker with a defibrillator. ...Read more

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Is there a possibility that the life of a pacemaker will increase comparing it from previous result from current?

Is there a possibility that the life of a pacemaker will increase comparing it from previous result from current?

Pacer: Pacer longevity can be maximized by programming to the least energy drain commensurate with reliable function. If a high drain can be corrected by programming then device longevity can be increased. ...Read more

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I have third degree heartblock and I am 100 percent pacemaker dependent. What would my life expectancy be WITHOUT a pacemaker?

Unles Rescued, short: Prob here is definition of 100% dependent not precise. If PM stops& U have no Hrt Beat, U may last in coma few mins, & rescued if ACLS begun&PM restored. If w/o PM you have a slow rhythm that temporarily supplies a suboptimal Card output&not rescued, rapid deterior-ation of Mentation&Death will occur, mins/hrs not days. If w/o PM,slow&poor output, w/o rescue rapid deterioration/death results. ...Read more

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Does life change after a pacemaker implant?

It may: An appropriately implanted pacemaker improves the rhythm of the heart. It may improve the quality of life for the patient. ...Read more

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So if I have the AV node ablation why would I be dependent on my pacemaker for the rest of my life? I don't understand why that happens.

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So if I have the AV node ablation why would I be dependent on my pacemaker for the rest of my life? I don't understand why that happens.

Permanent block: Ablation of the AV node results in complete block of all electrical impulses coming from above in the atrium that is permanent. Since there is no impulse to stimulate the lower ventricle from above a spontaneous beat is generated in this chamber but at a much slower rate often in the 30s. Thus the need for a permanent pacemaker since ablation is irreversible ...Read more

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My wife has a 30-35 ejection fraction with a pacemaker and dedefibrillator. What are her chances to live a long life. She is 60 years old.?

Need so much more!: This is really complicated. The best answer you'll be able to do yourself is here: http://depts.Washington.Edu/shfm/ plug in every one of the parameters correctly and you'll get the best answer avail as of several years ago. Heart failure advancements continue at breakneck pace. ...Read more

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Life expectancy of person with pacemaker and heart block?

Life expectancy of person with pacemaker and heart block?

Pacemakers: It depends on the age of the patient, overall health of the patient, and probably most importantly, what type of heart problem the pacemaker was used to treat and what caused the heart problem. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of person with pacemaker due to heart block?

What is the life expectancy of person with pacemaker due to heart block?

Life with pacemaker: Pacers simply replace the electrical system in the heart but do not shorten life expectancy. Other heart issues like significant coronary/valve disease or congestive heart failure are the main heart issues that affect life expectancy. If placed for slow heart rates (sick sinus syndrome) or heart block then no specific reduction in life expectancy is noted. ...Read more

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What to do if I have mobitz II heart block? Can I still life normally without pacemaker? Can I exercise as usual (gym, yoga, swim)?

What to do if I have mobitz II heart block? Can I still life normally without pacemaker? Can I exercise as usual (gym, yoga, swim)?

Just to be safe: The first question would be is there a reversible cause for the conduction defect? You are young and unfortunately there is a risk of progression of Mobitz II to complete heart block which can lead to serious problems and even death. Mobitz II is treated with a pacemaker for this reason. If you have no symptoms, a pacemaker would make normal exercise safer. Further evaluation is necessary. ...Read more

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Life therapy of antibiotics for enterococcal endocarditis 76 male mitral valve and pacemaker?

Life therapy of antibiotics for enterococcal endocarditis 76 male mitral valve and pacemaker?

Endocarditis: The combination of ampicillen and gentamycin can be an effective treatment for enterococcal endocarditis. ...Read more

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A patient with an artificial mitral valve and pacemaker leaving the hospital after 82 days, should they received life time treatment t of ampicillin?

A patient with an artificial mitral valve and pacemaker leaving the hospital after 82 days, should they received life time treatment t of ampicillin?

No: Long term prophylactic Ampicillin is not needed, but needs to get prophylaxis before specific procedures such as dental work or cystoscopey. ...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?

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?

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?

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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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Quality Of Life (Definition)

Quality of life means different things to different people. Essentially it is that constellation of life activities, physical and mental health, relationships, self worth and happiness for an individuals. Different individuals have differing perceptions of what constitutes an ...Read more