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Doctor insights on: Waterbeds And Pacemaker

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Are pacemakers and waterbeds compatible?

Are pacemakers and waterbeds compatible?

Yes: A permanent pacemaker is implanted inside a person, and the pacemaker does not know whether or not a person is on a waterbed. Pacemaker patients do not have to worry about using normally functioning common household appliances such as microwave ovens, televisions, radios, toasters, electric blankets, modern cell phones, and modern portable media players... according to UpToDate's patient brochure. ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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 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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How are pacemakers placed?

How are pacemakers placed?

Minor surgical proce: Pacemakers are placed in a cardiac cath or surgical suite with the visual guidance of fluoroscopy (x-ray visualization). A pacing lead is placed into the heart after access to a vein in the arm, groin, neck, chest is obtained. Specific electrical parameters of the lead are checked, then the lead attached to a pacemaker often embedded in the upper chest wall, where small incision is made. ...Read more

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What are pacemakers used for?

What are pacemakers used for?

Pacemaker: A pacemaker is an electronic device which uses a lead as an antenna to sense the heart's electrical activity. It uses the same lead (s) to deliver a small electrical impulse to the heart to make it contract if the heart isn't going as fast as the device was programmed to maintain. Pacemakers both sense heart activity and pace it to produce activity. They maintain heart rate. Other things too.... ...Read more

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Why would someone need a pacemaker?

Why would someone need a pacemaker?

Electrical issues: The heart has mechanical and electrical functions. A pacemaker is needed when the patient's heart rate or rhythm is abnormal. The most typical conditions are bradycardia (slow heart rate), tachycardia (fast heart rate) and heart block (a condition where the heart stops beating for several seconds). ...Read more

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Benefits/risks of pacemaker if >90?

Benefits/risks of pacemaker if >90?

Small risk-big bene: If a pacemaker is indicated, age is completely irrelevant. The vast majority of people who need and get pacemakers are elderly. It doesn't matter if you're >100. The procedure is minor and done under local anesthetic with minimal risk. If you're symptomatic from a rhythm disturbance corrected by a pacemaker, you will feel much better with it and there's not reason not to proceed. ...Read more

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What are the elements used in pacemakers?

What are the elements used in pacemakers?

Several answers: There are several answers to this. From the cardiologist, ep doctor or ct surgeon. First one meets the criteria for pacing. Next several companies have their reps hold the device with them and hospitals hold them. We use routine venous sheaths to access the vein and flexible wires to guide wires to the heart then through techniques position the leads and secure device or pacemaker to them. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of having a pacemaker?

What are the dangers of having a pacemaker?

Procedure dangers: During pacemaker procedure - rupture, pericarditis, infections of site, which rarely happens, very safe and easy procedures that saves life. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of having a pacemaker?

Varies by problem: Preventing problems from very low heart beat such as heart failure, passing out and in extreme cases cardiac arrest. Also symptoms such as fatigue and shortness of breath from low heart beat may improve. Sometimes it is used when medications treating fast heart beats also causes very slow heart beat. A special resynchronization pacemaker with three leads may be used to treat heart failure. ...Read more

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of pacemakers?

Function and quality: The advantage of pacemaker is to safe keep one's activity and quality of life -- and there is really no disadvantage - it is a simple procedure with instant benefit -- a good therapy if one needs it. ...Read more

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What is an ectopic pacemaker?

What is an ectopic pacemaker?

Abnormal origin: The normal pacemaker for the heart is the sinus node which is located in the upper part of the right atrium. When another site in the heart initiates the heart beat it is referred to as an ectopic pacemaker. ...Read more

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How are pacemakers maintained?

Pacemaker followup: Pacemakers are followed by cardiologists in two ways--they are seen regularly in the office to adjust and check the battery. In between office visits the devices can be checked remotely either over the phone or internet. ...Read more

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How do doctors put pacemakers in?

Carefully!: Most commonly one, two, or three insulated wires are placed through the left or right subclavian vein (runs under the clavicle) using a large bore needle and plastic tubes (sheaths), and then a pocket is created in the area about a half inch below the clavicle where the wires will be connected to the generator and the generator is placed in the pocket and closed. ...Read more

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Are plutonium pacemakers being used?

Never heard of this: Never heard of this. Lithium battery technology is frequently used. ...Read more

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When is pacemaker usually implanted?

When is pacemaker usually implanted?

Pacemaker: A pacemaker is usually implanted when the patient's physicians find a problem or problems for which the pacemaker is the indicated treatment. An example would be for complete atrioventricular conduction block in the heart. There are other indications also for pacemakers. ...Read more

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Difference between pacemaker and icd?

See Below: A pacemaker triggers your heart beat when it gets too slow. Paces. An icd also has a back up pacemaker but can deliver a shock to the heart when it is an irregular rhythm. ...Read more

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Is a pacemaker bad for rollercoasters?

Is a pacemaker bad for rollercoasters?

Implant date?: If it's been implanted >6 weeks ago, a rollercoaster shouldn't be harmful, but I wouldn't recommend it early on after implant (before the leads have become implanted and the incision has healed). ...Read more

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What is a ventricular demand pacemaker?

What is a ventricular demand pacemaker?

Pacemaker function: It is a way for a pacemaker to only pace your heart when your heart rate is below a set rate (usually 60 beats per minute). ...Read more

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What are restrictions of having pacemaker?

Pacemaker: Pacemakers have a list of devices that cause electrical mechanical interference. This can be a problem if someone is pacemaker dependent. There is always a concern of infection and care should be taken but most activities are safe with a chronic device ...Read more

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What are uses of radioisotopes in pacemakers?

For energy.: Many years ago, there were some pacemakers that had "nuclear batteries" - they were powered from the plutonium-238 radioisotope. These batteries lasted many times longer than even the modern batteries do. However, lithium-powered batteries are now the norm - I am not aware of any manufacturers selling a nuclear battery pacemaker in many years.

http://www. Nejm. Org/doi/full/10.1056/nejmc072143. ...Read more

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Can inserting a pacemaker help with symptoms?

If correlated...: It helps if your symptoms are correlated to slow heart beat or long pauses between heart beats. ...Read more

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Do I need surgery to have a pacemaker put in?

No: I would not refer to it as surgery, more like a simple procedure. Very small incision is made by somebody who has done this 100 if not thousands of times. ...Read more

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What is the significance of ectopic pacemakers?

What is the significance of ectopic pacemakers?

Heart rhythm: The heart rhythm is being generated in a different spot than usual (usually from the high right atrium in the sinus node). If your rate is normal & the rhythm is regular, it would have no significance and you wouldn't even know about it unless you have an ekg. The overall condition of your heart determines the significance, not the rhythm, per se. ...Read more

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Can a bluetooth receiver mess with a pacemaker?

Pacemakers: Bluetooth is a different technology and is unlikely to interfere with the devices programming functions or sensing and pacing. The device is shielded from most electronic interference except for very strong fields. ...Read more

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What is the procedure for pacemaker replacement?

Generator change: Typically an outpatient procedure involving a small incision to access the old device, unplugging the leads and placing a new pacemaker generator into the pocket once the leads are attached and closing the incision. Less involved typically than the original placement. ...Read more

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Does pacemaker beep or signal patient when dying?

Yes it does.: Often this means you he reached ERI of the pacemaker. It needs to be interrogated immediately. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects from having a pacemaker?

Soreness: Pacemaker implantation is a routine procedure for experienced operators. While there are risks to any procedure, the risk of serious adverse events with pacemakers is quite low. Most people commonly are a little sore and may have some swelling in the area for a few days. ...Read more

Waterbed (Definition)

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