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Life Expectancy With A Pacemaker
Indefinitely: The pacemaker is a very reliable way to maintain a normal heart rate. The device and the wires that connect it to the heart do require replacement infrequently. With appropriate follow up these procedures are electively planned and do not entail a high risk. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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
A long time: A pacemaker helps ensure you will have as close to a normal heart rhythm as possible. The pacemaker box (known as a generator) and the wires that connect the generator to the heart do require replacement periodically. There is some risk involved with these procedures, but it is not high. Also some patients who are paced can develop a weakened heart muscle. You doctor can watch for this. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
No one knows: People can live a number of years with CHF and pacemakers. There is just no way to know. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
How long following a myocardial perfusion scan should I wait before visiting a person with a pacemaker?
Immediately: There are no contraindications to visiting a person with a pacemaker after you had a nuclear stress test. You can visit them anytime as the radiation does not effect the pacemaker. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Discussing pacemaker with physician tomorrow. Are there any long term risks associated with PM implantation in a young person? Future implocations?
There are: It would benefit you if you have to have a pacemaker placed that it be MRI compatible, as you may need an MRI later in the future. Also, make sure you are aware of future surgical needs like for battery pack changes. There are other possible complications like lead fracture/breaks, lead misplacement, etc. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
10 years: Depends on the model of the pacemaker and when it was put in. It's not uncommon for pacemakers today to last 10 years or longer. Part of that is dependent on how many times its had to kick in. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Ask a cardiologist!: Sorry not to have a good answer. I have another question: what are the long-term effects of not having the pacemaker? Please ask your cardiologist for answers to both questions. Good luck. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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