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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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No one knows: People can live a number of years with CHF and pacemakers. There is just no way to know. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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.
The Details Matter: Right ventricular apical pacing(tradtional lead position) greater than 40%is associated with increased risk of atrial fibrillation, ventricular dysfunction and heart failure. New pacing algorythms(programming) and alternative right ventricular lead positions that permit more natural impulse conduction, may reduce this risk. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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