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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
How long following a myocardial perfusion scan should I wait before visiting a person with a pacemaker?
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 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 more
Does pacemaker installation count as major surgery? Is this major surgery that will include a long recovery time?
Usually not : Most pacemaker surgery involves a small skin incision and is not considered major surgery and the recovery is quick. There may be some activity restrictions for a few weeks.It can be riskier in patients who are already very ill. Rarely the pacemaker wires, also known as leads, must go on the outside of the heart. This is major surgery as the chest must be opened to get to the outside of the heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor 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
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