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How are pacemakers maintained?

How are pacemakers maintained?

Pacemaker followup: Pacemakers are followed by cardiologists in two ways--they are seen regularly in the office to adjust and check the battery. In between office visits the devices can be checked remotely either over the phone or internet. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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 you maintain a heart pacemaker?

How can you maintain a heart pacemaker?

Regular visit to doc: There isn't much you can do to maintain the pacemaker because it is implanted under your skin-often left upper chest area. Its functions are programmed by your heart doc/surgeon and regular visit/assessment is essential to ensure proper fucntioning/battery life. Certain environment may affect it such as MRI machine etc..So, visit/inform doc regularly. Eat, sleep, exercise and live well. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are pacemakers?

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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How are pacemakers placed?

How are pacemakers placed?

Minor surgical proce: Pacemakers are placed in a cardiac cath or surgical suite with the visual guidance of fluoroscopy (x-ray visualization). A pacing lead is placed into the heart after access to a vein in the arm, groin, neck, chest is obtained. Specific electrical parameters of the lead are checked, then the lead attached to a pacemaker often embedded in the upper chest wall, where small incision is made. ...Read more

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What are pacemakers used for?

What are pacemakers used for?

Pacemaker: A pacemaker is an electronic device which uses a lead as an antenna to sense the heart's electrical activity. It uses the same lead(s) to deliver a small electrical impulse to the heart to make it contract if the heart isn't going as fast as the device was programmed to maintain. Pacemakers both sense heart activity and pace it to produce activity. They maintain heart rate. Other things too.... ...Read more

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Why would someone need a pacemaker?

Why would someone need a pacemaker?

Electrical issues: The heart has mechanical and electrical functions. A pacemaker is needed when the patient's heart rate or rhythm is abnormal. The most typical conditions are bradycardia (slow heart rate), tachycardia (fast heart rate) and heart block (a condition where the heart stops beating for several seconds). ...Read more

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Benefits/risks of pacemaker if >90?

Small risk-big bene: If a pacemaker is indicated, age is completely irrelevant. The vast majority of people who need and get pacemakers are elderly. It doesn't matter if you're >100. The procedure is minor and done under local anesthetic with minimal risk. If you're symptomatic from a rhythm disturbance corrected by a pacemaker, you will feel much better with it and there's not reason not to proceed. ...Read more

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What are the elements used in pacemakers?

What are the elements used in pacemakers?

Several answers: There are several answers to this. From the cardiologist, ep doctor or ct surgeon. First one meets the criteria for pacing. Next several companies have their reps hold the device with them and hospitals hold them. We use routine venous sheaths to access the vein and flexible wires to guide wires to the heart then through techniques position the leads and secure device or pacemaker to them. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of having a pacemaker?

Procedure dangers: During pacemaker procedure - rupture, pericarditis, infections of site , which rarely happens, very safe and easy procedures that saves life. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of having a pacemaker?

Varies by problem: Preventing problems from very low heart beat such as heart failure, passing out and in extreme cases cardiac arrest. Also symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath from low heart beat may improve. Sometimes it is used when medications treating fast heart beats also causes very slow heart beat. A special resynchronization pacemaker with three leads may be used to treat heart failure. ...Read more

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