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Doctor insights on: Risks Of A Pacemaker Surgery In The Elderly

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What are the risks of riding rollercoasters for a person with pacemaker?

What are the risks of riding rollercoasters for a person with pacemaker?

None: There are no risks unless they come very close to a powerful magnet which I do not think happens while you're riding a roller coaster. Even if you did however, nothing bad will happen and as soon as you walk away from the magnet, things go back to normal.

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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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 the risks of riding roller coasters for a person with pacemaker?

What are the risks of riding roller coasters for a person with pacemaker?

Pacer: It depends on the patients overall condition. A pacemaker itself is just a device. If the patients condition such as heart failure makes the roller coaster a bad risk, that is what the limit is. Ask the treating doctor, but would not hop on the ride without that.

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My father is 84 and just had apacemaker fitted, he regularly consumes 1 to 2 litres of wine daily what are the risks?

My father is 84 and just had apacemaker fitted, he regularly consumes 1 to 2 litres of wine daily what are the risks?

Falls: Depending on his metabolism and general health, my concerns would be less about the pacemaker & more about falls. As he gets up to urinate in the night he may be more likely to fall, break a hip & end up with greater problems.

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Is pacemaker surgery advisable to 61 yr old diabetic female?

Is pacemaker surgery advisable to 61 yr old diabetic female?

Need more history: The most common reason for a pacemaker is a heartbeat that slows to an unhealthy rate. A pacemaker resets the heart rate to an appropriate pace, ensuring adequate blood and oxygen are delivered to the brain and other parts of the body. It's not uncommon for both diabetics and women in their 50's and 60's to require pacemakers. In fact, they may have many years of benefit from a pacemaker ahead.

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Do I need surgery to have a pacemaker put in?

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.

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Which training do you have to have to perform pacemaker surgery?

Which training do you have to have to perform pacemaker surgery?

Training: Pacemakers are inserted by thoracic and cardiothoracic surgeons. After medical school there is a 5 year surgical residency and 3-5 year fellowship. In emergent situations emergency medicine, cardiology and critical care physicians/intensivists are trained to place "temporary" pacemakers.

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Does pacemaker installation count as major surgery? Is this major surgery that will include a long recovery time?

Does pacemaker installation count as major surgery? Is this major surgery that will include a long recovery time?

Usually not: Most pacemaker surgery involves a small skin incision and is not considered major surgery and the recovery is quick. There may be some activity restrictions for a few weeks. It can be riskier in patients who are already very ill. Rarely the pacemaker wires, also known as leads, must go on the outside of the heart. This is major surgery as the chest must be opened to get to the outside of the heart.

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I accidently lifted my arm all the way up 3 days after my pacemaker surgery. Will anything happen?

I accidently lifted my arm all the way up 3 days after my pacemaker surgery. Will anything happen?

Pacemaker: In general lifting the arm will not be a problem. We give patients the caution because if the position is initially tenuous, that lifting could move or dislodge the lead position. Let your doctor know about it when your pacer check is done or if you are noticing reappearance of any symptoms you had before the device was implanted.

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Do I need to avoid chiropractic care after pacemaker surgery? If yes, for how long?

In general no: you need to discuss this with your physician. There are a variety of chiropractic therapies, but there are some that I'm concerned about that have electrical impulses. I always advise patients caution with chiropractic to be sure there are certain conditions they have that could cause problems that could make It worse or be major danger. Again this is something specific to your health

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Can someone have rotator cuff surgery if they have a pacemaker? The surgery would be where the pacemaker in implanted? Please help

Can someone have rotator cuff surgery if they have a pacemaker? The surgery would be where the pacemaker in implanted? Please help

Yes: Pacemakers are located more medial and more superficial than the rotator cuff. It would be very unlikely that will present any problem to the surgeon. Let him know you have a pacemaker. You also need to find out from your cardiologist if you are pacemaker "dependent" because if you are, there are a couple of precautions to be taken.

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Is it ok to gain some weight after pacemaker implantation? I gained about 5 lbs within a month after surgery. But I don't think this is edema.

Is it ok to gain some weight after pacemaker implantation? I gained about 5 lbs within a month after surgery. But I don't think this is edema.

Pacemaker: Reading the information you provided makes me suggest you see your doctor and ask the question. A weight gain post pacer isn't usual and could be a complication but to decide one needs information not available here and also an exam.

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I have a pacemaker now. My heart doctors want to do another surgery. My heart is still going to fast are to slow. What other surgerys would they do.

I have a pacemaker now. My heart doctors want to do another surgery. My heart is still going to fast are to slow. What other surgerys would they do.

Av node ablation: You might have atrial fibrillation with a rapid ventricular heart rate. The pacemaker can support your heart when it is slow but will not be helpful for a fast heart rate. In this case the doctor will go in and ablate or cut the atrial ventricular node and allow the pacemaker to pace your heart at a regular slower rate Alternately if is a flutter or paroxysmal atrial tachycardia then ablate

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I just had surgery for the interstim bladder pacemaker and now I have a rash on my butt?

I just had surgery for the interstim bladder pacemaker and now I have a rash on my butt?

Skin rash: The skin rash could be a sign of underlying infection from the stimulator lead. See the surgeon who implanted the stimulator to evaluate the rash as soon as possible.

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What happens after having an aortic valve surgery and getting a pacemaker?

What happens after having an aortic valve surgery and getting a pacemaker?

It depends: Not sure what you are asking. Can you be more specific?

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Suffering from depression/anxiety after pacemaker/icd surgery. What do you suggest?

ICD: It is not unusual for transient depression after such a procedure. You should realize that the icd is a device which should help protect you from sudden death. As such if you put your mind on it being a positive, hopefully you can adjust your viewpoint and convert your anxiety depression to positive outlook. Talk to your doc.

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Pacemaker implantation surgery question. Where do they poke the wires through to get them inside the heart?

Pacemaker implantation surgery question. Where do they poke the wires through to get them inside the heart?

The veins.: The veins under the skin in the upper chest are accessed to place the pacemaker/icd leads. These are the axillary or cephalic veins. The leads are then guided by xray and advanced into the heart chambers.

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My father has gone through AVR Surgery. Now doctor is advising for pacemaker. What's the need of pacemaker now? Will that be permanent?

My father has gone through AVR Surgery. Now doctor is advising for pacemaker. What's the need of pacemaker now? Will that be permanent?

Pacemaker: If your father now has a low heart rate then a pacemaker is a suitable option to prevent any episodes of slow hart rate and its consequences; if his heart rate remains low then it may have to be permanent

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35 yr old, W male. Pacemaker in January, Mitral valve repair in May. EF went from 55 before surgery to 25 6 weeks later. How serious is this?

35 yr old, W male. Pacemaker in January, Mitral valve repair in May. EF went from 55 before surgery to 25 6 weeks later. How serious is this?

Yes or no: Ur EF may go down if u have ventricular pacer only, in which case u may have to increase ur rate to 70 or 80 bpm. If AV pacer with rate of 70 and EF is low, it is very serious, find out the reason and u may have to replace pacer for an AICD as per ur Cardiologist.