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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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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I'm just wondering, if you have a cardiac pacemaker, can you have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest?

I'm just wondering, if you have a cardiac pacemaker, can you have a heart attack or go into cardiac arrest?

Yes: The pacemaker will keep functioning with electrical stimuli when the detected pulse is below set rate.
Heart attack- muscle death can happen. If it happens at site of pacer contact to heart, the pacer can fail to stimulate. ...Read more

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Are there alternative welding methods that can be used by people with heart pacemakers?

Are there alternative welding methods that can be used by people with heart pacemakers?

Not usualy: We really don't think of OCD as contagious in any sense. However because it can be very intense and powerful to be around someone with OCD it can seem very compelling. Sometimes people over accommodate to be supportive or agreeable. ...Read more

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What are heart pacemakers for?

What are heart pacemakers for?

Enusure that: Heart rate does not go below a certain rate by paving the right atrium or right ventricle or both (in general). ...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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Pacemaker problem regarding heart attack/cardiac arrest, can you tell me about this?

Pacemaker problem regarding heart attack/cardiac arrest, can you tell me about this?

Unrelated: There is far less than a 1% risk of heart attack during pacemaker implantation. Once it is implanted, there is almost no way it could cause a significant heart attack. It will not prevent most cardiac arrests. An ICD can treat cardiac arrest from ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation ...Read more

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Had a cardiac ablation two weeks ago and now my heart ratee is going from 50 to as high as 130 Could that mean a pacemaker Getting an even monitor?

Had a cardiac ablation two weeks ago and now my heart ratee is going from 50 to as high as 130 Could that mean a pacemaker Getting an even monitor?

Great question!: Since you've already had an ablation, you already have an expert at your disposal to help answer this question - the same doctor who did your procedure. He or she needs to know your symptoms in order to obtain any additional testing, which may well be an event monitor. Call today! ...Read more

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Should my sister have a pacemaker placed? She is 83 years old and in faily good health, i feel that much of her cardiac issues are drug induced by prescription drugs. She is not a candidate for open heart surgey and refuses extraordinary means , such as

Should my sister have a pacemaker placed? She is 83 years old and in faily good health,  i feel that much of her cardiac issues are drug induced by prescription drugs.
She is not a candidate for open heart surgey and refuses extraordinary means , such as

If : If your sister has really gone into ‘v-fib’ twice, she may not be in as good of a health status as you may think. V-fib stands for ventricular fibrillation, a life threatening heart rhythm abnormalities from the bottom chambers of the heart that is so rapid and disorganized that the heart is essentially stops pumping blood out of the heart effectively and thus can lead to sudden and unexpected cardiac death. If v-fib persists, the only way to terminated it is to ‘shock the patient’ out of it with a defibrillator. The fact that you mention that she is not a candidate for ‘open heart surgery’ leads me to believe that she may suffer from with heart artery blockages, severe heart disease, or one of the many other serious heart problems. Unless your sister suffers from a relatively rare condition called ‘bradycardia-dependent v-fib’ (life threatening fat heart rhythm from the bottom chambers that are triggered from slow heart eat from the bottom chambers), chances are that your sister needs is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (icd), not a pacemaker. Icds are expensive devices that can be associated with complications such as death, stroke, heart attacks, infections, blood clots, rupture of blood vessels, perforation of the heart muscle, bleeding, etc. While the risk versus benefit ratio is unique to each patient, their condition, the expertise and experience of their physician and that of the he staff of the facility where the procedure is done, among selected patients, the procedural risk of these procedures is substantially less than the risk of not having it done. Icd can improve quality of life and life expectancy in the right patients. ...Read more

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How has the cardiac pacemaker changed in the last twenty years?

How has the cardiac pacemaker changed in the last twenty years?

Pacemaker: Yes - it is very sophisticated due to advancement in electronic technology and in making things smaller. ...Read more

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If somebody install a cardiac pacemaker, how to avoid exclusion from immune system?

If somebody install a cardiac pacemaker, how to avoid exclusion from immune system?

Pacemakers: Electronic pacemakers are not organic so aren't bothered structurally by immune response. Inflammatory reaction in the area of the leads can change sensing and pacing thresholds. ...Read more

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Is my gas pacemaker interfering with cardiac pacemaker? It is placed on the same side as the cardiac pacemaker and i feel some cardiac abnormalities.

Is my gas pacemaker interfering with cardiac pacemaker? It is placed on the same side as the cardiac pacemaker and i feel some cardiac abnormalities.

They are not : Suppose to interfere between each other. I do not know what cardiac abnormalities you referred. But, call the cardiology clinic to check the pacemaker. They can do that from your home. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the process of getting a cardiac pacemaker like?

What is the process of getting a cardiac pacemaker like?

It's quick: When you come to the lab, out give you some Lidocaine in your skin which stings and burns for a moment. After that, you'll feel some pressure and pulling as we make a space for the pacemaker. There will be a little bit of pressure as we put in the sheaths to attach wires to the heart. You may feel your heart race as we test the wires, and after a few stitches, it will all be over. ...Read more

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What is it like to get a cardiac pacemaker?

What is it like to get a cardiac pacemaker?

Pacemaker: In the or the chest is prepped and the patient receives light sedation. The implant area is numbed with local anesthetic and the pacing wires are introduced and passed under fluoroscopy to the heart, positioned and tested. The device is attached to the leads and placed in a pocket under the skin. The pocket is closed and the patient is monitored before going home. ...Read more

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I have had severe pain in my right shoulder for about 9 months. Xrays were taken and revealed nothing. Can't do MRI (cardiac pacemaker) but ortho su?

CT arthrogram: If you can't do mri, you can try ct arthrogram. This is done with injecting a contrast/dye into the joint before the ct scan. If done right it can be useful in diagnosing rotator cuff tears. ...Read more

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What's a cardiac pacemaker for?

What's a cardiac pacemaker for?

Pacemaker : Ensures heart rate will not go below a certain set rate. ...Read more

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My cardiologist has said i don't need a pacemaker for my 2nd degree heart block as i don't have symptoms of blacking out etc. Is this good news?

AV block: There are two types of 2nd degree av block. If you have asymptomatic type 1, following without a pacer is indicated. If you have type 2, a pacer is indicated even w/o symptoms. We don't know which type you have, so judging the news is difficult. You need follow up in any case. ...Read more

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Dad had a massive heart attack 6 months ago. his heart working at 29% they said he needs a pacemaker. an he won't have it done he thinks he's fine??

Dad had a massive heart attack 6 months ago. his heart working at 29% they said he needs a pacemaker. an he won't have it done he thinks he's fine??

He probably was told: that he needs a defibrillator not a pacemaker. A weakened heart muscle places him at significant risk for sudden cardiac death. He could feel just fine...until he dies! A defibrillator would prevent this sudden unexpected terminal event. He should be encouraged to discuss this more openly with his health care professionals. ...Read more

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My "at rest" heart rate drops to 50 (typical is 70), i become foggy, slow, a bit dizzy, can't work. Should i get a pacemaker? Happening more frequent.

My "at rest" heart rate drops to 50 (typical is 70), i become foggy, slow, a bit dizzy, can't work. Should i get a pacemaker? Happening more frequent.

Slow heart rate: First we need to know why your heart rate suddenly dropped to 50 when it used to be in 70's. Also need to know what is your bp. If it is low it could cause all those symptoms that you mentioned. First you need to get work-up for thyroid pannel. Later you need 24 hour holter monitor to record your beat to exclude heart blocks and heart beat slower than 50s. You need to consult your physician. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a truck driver have a heart pacemaker?

Is it safe for a truck driver have a heart pacemaker?

Yes: For a simple standard pacemaker it is safe. An aicd is a slightly different device and the dot requirements may be more stringent. Check with your cardiologist in your state. ...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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My brother had a pacemaker implanted after a had flatlining fainting spells. Apparently his heart is strong. Doctors don't know why this happens.?

Sure we do: If the pacemaker was implanted specifically because of the fainting spells, the docs are assuming (or have proved) that it was likely due to a low heart rate, or a pause in the heartbeat. Pacemakers fix both. ...Read more

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After pacemaker implantation the heart beats faster?

Tachy-Brady Syndrome: U may need additional drugs to control tachyarrhythmia. See u r md. ...Read more

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How effective is a pacemaker in preventing heart failure?

How effective is a pacemaker in preventing heart failure?

It's not: Heart failure can be the result of many different problems such as heart attacks which weaken the heart muscle, untreated hypertension which can leas to a stiff heart, or drug toxicity such as can occur with certain types of chemotherapy. Decrease your chances of developing heart failure by managing your identifed risk factors (i.e. Hypertension). A pacemaker may be needed in advanced heart failur. ...Read more

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What if you have congestive heart failure and a pacemaker?

What if you have congestive heart failure and a pacemaker?

Bi-Ventricular?: Ideally you have or will have a biventricular pacemaker. This type of pacemaker, pm, is designed for cardiac resynchronization therapy. It has 2 or 3 leads positioned to make the left ventricle contract at the same time - or in synchrony - as the right ventricle so that the heart beats in a more balanced way. This therapy has been known to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life for some pt. ...Read more

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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more