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How Many People In The United States Have Programmable Pacemakers
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
Programmer: The piece of equipment used to interrogate and program pacemakers (and defibrillators) are called programmers. The programmer is used (usually) by a representative of the manufacturer. When devices are implanted they are usually set to 'norms' established for the patient's condition. Later, especially for bi-v, they are optimized. It is the cardiologist that determines the appropriate settings. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recently had PPI as earlier pacemaker gone out of power, but this time its programmed 70 bpm, had been 60bpm for a decade, is it safe to increase this?
Pacer: The pacer is probably programmed as a back up with demand rate 70 which is where most start. Ask your Doc why the change in programming. There is little difference in most cases but it is reasonable to ask the question. ...Read more
Why would a rate responsive pacemaker using the accelerometer feature begin to increase the heart-rate above the maximum heart-rate programmed?
pacemakers: Difficult to know for sure, over 100, 000 pacers are implanted/year in the us; chances there are well over a million patients and likely multiple millions with the devices living in the us. ...Read more
Slow heart rate: The typical reason to get a pacemaker is slow heart rate *hr), say, below 40 beats a minute. Some people get pacemakers because their hr won't increase with exercise. The most common reason is atrial fibrillation, which can often lead to slow hr. Slow hr causes fatigue or out of breath with exertion or passing out. Some people get special pacemakers to improve heart function if the heart is weak. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any age: Pacemakers can be implanted at any age including the first few days of life. In babies and small children the wires from the pacemaker attach to the outside of the heart in contrast to most adults where the wires are passed through large veins to the inside of the heart. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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