If you have a pacemaker can you die - Doctor answers

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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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What's the death rate for pacemaker battery replacements?

What's the death rate for pacemaker battery replacements?

Low: If there are no other medical conditions, the risk of dying from a pacemaker replacement is very low, below 1%. ...Read more

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Does a pacemaker prolong death when a patient is in last stages of death?

Why dying?: If they have severe heart disease, could prolong situation. If other issues, then only helps to maintain perfusion--ideally so they are as comfortable as can be and can interact with environment. ...Read more

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Can my dad who is 92 and has a pacemaker and defibulator still die from heart failure his arteries are beginning to clog up again?

Can my dad who is 92 and has a pacemaker and defibulator still die from heart failure his arteries are beginning to clog up again?

Yes: We all die from something. The ppm/aicd work to regulate rhythm and rate. CHF is more a disorder of inadequate "squeeze" by the muscle. "clogged" arteries can lead to heart attack / infarction, which is another problem altogther. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can you get in a steam room if you have a pacemaker?

Can you get in a steam room if you have a pacemaker?

Yes.: The risk of a steam room has to do with blood pressure falling as one's blood vessels dilate in the heat. Therefore, if one drinks plenty of fluids prior to entering a steam room and if one limits the time in the room to a few minutes, the likelihood of fainting due to a low BP is minimized. ...Read more

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If you have a pacemaker and you go unresponsive is that any way they can bring you back?

Maybe: There is always hope, I believe. The question is how much. Unresponsive is vague, but many conditions causing it are reversible. A pacemaker does not necessarily preclude recovery. ...Read more

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Is it true that you can't use a microwave when you have a pacemaker?

No: As we say, "as long as you don't crawl in it, you will be fine". 20 years ago there were issues, but there are no interactions with modern day microwaves and pacemakers ...Read more

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Can you get an MRI if you have a pacemaker?

Generally not....: Only a very few very recently produced pacemakers are MRI compatible. Report the manufacturer and model to your radiology dept and they can determine if it is compatible. The answer will likely be no. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to have an MRI of the brain if you have a pacemaker?

Is it possible for you to have an MRI of the brain if you have a pacemaker?

MRI: Pacemakers make MRI problematic because of their metal content. It is possible to have an MRI of the brain if necessary though safer with the specific pacers make to be MRI resistant. ...Read more

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Heart pacemaker - alcohol question. Can you drink if you have a pacemaker?

Heart pacemaker - alcohol question. Can you drink if you have a pacemaker?

Drink: Yes you can. I would strongly suggest moderation, one beer, or one glass of wine only. Alcohol ingestion is bad for you even without a pacemaker. ...Read more

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If you have a pacemaker, can you still have a heart attack / cardiac arrest?

If you have a pacemaker, can you still have a heart attack / cardiac arrest?

Yes: Pacemaker helps to control or regulate the rhythm (electricity) of the heart. Heart attack is related to blockages of the arteries of the heart (plumbing, if you want the analogy). Pacemaker will prevent the heart beating too slow but will NOT prevent blockages from developing or producing heart attacks ...Read more

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Can you still have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest if you have a pacemaker?

Can you still have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest if you have a pacemaker?

Yes: Both of these problems are due to issues not addressed by the pacemaker. A heart attack is generally due to a blockage and a heart artery, and cardiac arrest is usually due to an exceedingly fast heart rate where the pacemaker only fixes slow heart rates. A defibrillator is the device of choice to treat cardiac arrest. ...Read more

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What is a pacemaker?

What is a pacemaker?

Heart device.: A cardiac pacemaker is a device that is implanted in the chest to permanently regulate heartbeat rhythms. The pacemaker monitors the heartbeat to make sure it is not beating too slowly, and when necessary transmits electric pulses to the heart to increase the heartbeat pace. Pacemakers are periodically replaced every several years when the battery runs out. ...Read more

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What are pacemakers?

What are pacemakers?

Speed up heart: If your heart is beating too slow, a pacemaker sends a small electric shock to the heart making it beat faster. There is a batery and some electronic circuits which tell the pacemaker when your heart beats too slow. ...Read more

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Can a pacemaker expire?

Can a pacemaker expire?

The battery runs out: The battery runs out after years and the whole unit needs to be replaced. ...Read more

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How to test a pacemaker?

Pacemaker clinic: You need to go to pacemaker clinic at a hospital where they will "interogate" it. You cannot do it by yourself. ...Read more

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How do pacemakers appear?

How do pacemakers appear?

Small implant: It usually appears as a small implant in the left or right upper chest area --. ...Read more

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How does a pacemaker work?

How does a pacemaker work?

Artificial pacemaker: Artificial (implantable) pacemakers are mostly regulated by a sensor that recognizes motion. It's similar to the sensor that changes your phone/ipads display from portrait to landscape, based on the direction of the device. There are other sensors, such as ones that measure the density of blood in the heart and chest motion (simulating breathing). Get your routine pacemaker maintenance checks. ...Read more

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