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Dr. William Singer
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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?

Pacemaker: Pacemakers are intended to address cardiac rhythm primarily if to slow. Not protective from ischemia so yes heart attack still possible and arrest possible. Acid can help with arrest if indicated but not prevention of ischemia. ...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

Dr. Arthur Balin
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Cardiac (Definition)

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