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Doctor insights on: Life Expectancy With A Pacemaker

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How long can a person live with pacemaker?

How long can a person live with 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 more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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 long following a myocardial perfusion scan should I wait before visiting a person with a pacemaker?

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 more

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Discussing pacemaker with physician tomorrow. Are there any long term risks associated with PM implantation in a young person? Future implocations?

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

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How long will a pacemaker last?

How long will a pacemaker last?

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 more

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How long will i live with pacemaker?

How long will i live with pacemaker?

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

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How long can one live after pacemaker?

How long can one live after pacemaker?

pacemaker: Longevity with a pacemaker has to do with the underlying cardiac and systemic disease processes. The pacer itself is compatible with long term life. ...Read more

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Replacing batteries on a pacemaker how long it takes and restrictions after the procedure?

Replacing batteries on a pacemaker how long it takes and restrictions after the procedure?

Same day: Same day out patient procedure especially if there are no lead changes
usual restriction if for wound healing for battery change. ...Read more

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Does pacemaker installation count as major surgery? Is this major surgery that will include a long recovery time?

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 more

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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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What r the long term side effects to being 100% paced with a dual lead pacemaker? I have one &am paced100%@bottom, 70%@top, I am almost 30yrs old.

What r the long term side effects to being 100% paced with a dual lead pacemaker?  I have one &am paced100%@bottom, 70%@top, I am almost 30yrs old.

Low: There is an ongoing small risk of infection. There is also a small operative risk associated with changing the pacemaker and the wires that attach to your heart. Sometimes the old wires need to be removed and this carries a risk as well. There is very low risk of device malfunction. Very rarely patients can develop weaker heart muscle from chronic pacing. All combined the risks remain low. ...Read more

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What r the long term side effects to being 100% paced with a dual lead pacemaker? I have one &am paced100%at top, 70%at bottom, im almost 30yrs old.

Long life: The long term side effects of av sequential ("dual lead") pacing is that you should lead a long and healthy life, assuming you don't have any other illness! the pacemaker battery will need to be changed periodically which, at your age, will add to up many changes over the course of the next 50 or so years. (maybe they'll invent better batteries? I'm sure they're working on it.). ...Read more

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Does anyone knows how long it could take to replace an existing pacemaker / defib?

Does anyone knows how long it could take to replace an existing pacemaker / defib?

1 hour: If it is just a generator change (the leads are ok and don't need to be replaced) then it usually takes about an hour. ...Read more

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Are pacemakers affected at all by long distance flights or particularly high altitude?

Pacemakers: The function of a pacemaker is not affected by long distance flights or altitude. The patient's underlying disease process depending on what it is, could however be affected by either. ...Read more

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How long can I expect positional pain and discomfort to last after pacemaker implantation?

How long can I expect positional pain and discomfort to last after pacemaker implantation?

A couple of weeks: Should not be more than a couple of weeks, if it is, you need to see your implanting physician. ...Read more

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How long can someone live with a pacemaker with chf?

How long can someone live with a pacemaker with chf?

No one knows: People can live a number of years with CHF and pacemakers. There is just no way to know. ...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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Do I need to avoid chiropractic care after pacemaker surgery? If yes, for how long?

Do I need to avoid chiropractic care after pacemaker surgery? If yes, for how long?

In general no: you need to discuss this with your physician. There are a variety of chiropractic therapies, but there are some that I'm concerned about that have electrical impulses. I always advise patients caution with chiropractic to be sure there are certain conditions they have that could cause problems that could make It worse or be major danger. Again this is something specific to your health ...Read more

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What is adverse effects of having a pacemaker in the long term? Can it be prevented?

No adverse effects,,: except battery will have to be changed in a number of years,which requires minor surgery. And no MRI's can be done in future. ...Read more

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How long after pacemaker implant can my grandma travel(around 3-4hrs by car)? Is it safe for her to travel?

How long after pacemaker implant can my grandma travel(around 3-4hrs by car)? Is it safe for her to travel?

Safe.: Unless your cardiologist says otherwise should be safe once she is discharged from the hospital. ...Read more

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Told I need a pacemaker to treat bradycardia. Recently found out I've had long term exposure to mold. Could that be the cause of the bradycardia?

Low likelihood: It's possible for toxins to cause that symptom and certain molds are among the ones considered, but correction efforts are your issue now. It's good to avoid mold! Now, follow the treatment plan to deal w/ your heart. Unless you have an air-tight, high $ law suit re the mold - the causes are not foremost now. ...Read more

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I have always had real bad migraines. The thing now days about getting them is I have a pacemaker for my heart. I can't keep on like this much longer.

I have always had real bad migraines. The thing now days about getting them is I have a pacemaker for my heart. I can't keep on like this much longer.

Migraines pacemaker: I am not sure why you have a pacemaker at such a young age but the device should not be contributing to your headache. In addition many of the drugs used to treat migraines have warnings about the heart. That is not related to pacemakers. It more for people who have blocked arteries. Migraine drugs can cause spasm of the artery and result in some chest pain. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait to drink alcohol after getting a pacemaker?

How long do I have to wait to drink alcohol after getting a pacemaker?

Moderation: There is no set rule to having a glass of wine after undergoing pacemaker insertion. The only thing that we recommend is moderation in everything you do, including alcohol. A glass of red wine is usually ok. Discuss with your electrophysiologist. ...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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Can a person with pacemaker swim safely?

Can a person with pacemaker swim safely?

Generally yes: Once the insertion site has healed, there is no reason why you cannot swim or particpate in other water sports, assuming your heart function is healthy enough. The pacemaker is not the limiting factor. ...Read more

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Is whole body vibration dangerous for a person with a pacemaker?

Uncertain.: Ordinary daily activities, including the vibration of riding on a bus, or similar normal activities, pose no risk related to ones pacemaker. ...Read more