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

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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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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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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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.?

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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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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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