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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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Dr. Adam Lewis
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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 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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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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How to test a pacemaker?

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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What are fixed pacemakers?

What are fixed pacemakers?

Fixed rate: I assume you mean fixed rate pacemakers. We don't use them anymore. The very earliest pacemakers just fired at whatever rate you set them, once a second if you set the rate to 60. That lead to chaos if the patient's inherent heart rate was not always real slow. So they made pacemaker's which sense normal beats and only fire if the rate gets slow. They are inhibited when a heartbeat is sensed. ...Read more

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What people need pacemakers?

What people need pacemakers?

Slow heart rate: The typical reason to get a pacemaker is slow heart rate *hr), say, below 40 beats a minute. Some people get pacemakers because their hr won't increase with exercise. The most common reason is atrial fibrillation, which can often lead to slow hr. Slow hr causes fatigue or out of breath with exertion or passing out. Some people get special pacemakers to improve heart function if the heart is weak. ...Read more

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When are pacemakers necessary?

When are pacemakers necessary?

HeartRhythm or block: Pacemakers are most commonly necessary for patients with bradycardia- slow heart rate, tachycardia - fast heart rate, and heart block - when the heart stops beating for several seconds. ...Read more

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What causes pacemakers to work?

What causes pacemakers to work?

Pacemakers: A pacemaker is a battery driven device. It is actually a small computer. Some of its functions are like a radio receiver, its pacing function is just delivering a tiny shock to the heart. A defibrillator delivers a bigger shock to the heart. ...Read more

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What is used to make pacemakers?

What is used to make pacemakers?

Pacemakers: Pacemakers are used to sense the heartbeat and if no heartbeat is detected, an electrical impulse to stimulate the heart is provided. Therefore, components of a pacemaker are 1. Sensor 2. Power supply to deliver an electrical impulse 3. Leads that connect the body of pacemaker to the heart. Current day pacemakers are very small, almost size of a large coin. Circuitry is inside a titanium can. ...Read more

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Could I have pacemaker syndrome?

Depends: Pacemaker syndrome is a constellation of symptoms cause by dysynchronous pacing of the heart by a single lead in the right ventricle.This usually occurs when atrial activity is present. Pacing the ventricle independent of the atrium causes a "conflict" between the 2 chambers leading to inefficient cardiac performance.Treatment consists of putting another lead in the atrium to synchronize contracti ...Read more

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How can pacemakers be programmed?

How can pacemakers be programmed?

Programmer: The piece of equipment used to interrogate and program pacemakers (and defibrillators) are called programmers. The programmer is used (usually) by a representative of the manufacturer. When devices are implanted they are usually set to 'norms' established for the patient's condition. Later, especially for bi-v, they are optimized. It is the cardiologist that determines the appropriate settings. ...Read more

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What is the function of pacemakers?

What is the function of pacemakers?

Devices for rhythm: Pacemakers are medical devices implanted under the skin and connected to leads inserted through veins into the chambers of the heart. By sending out a small electrical impulse the pacemaker can restore heart rhythm. The most common use for a pacemaker is for a very slow heart beat to restore rhythm. They may be either single or double lead pacemakers determined by patient need. ...Read more

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What could interfere with pacemakers?

What could interfere with pacemakers?

Electronics/ magnets: Patients with pacemakers are advised to avoid strong magnetic fields. Mri studies are generally contraindicated. Electronic devices such a cell phones and game controllers should usually be kept at least 12 inches away fom the device. Security devices can sometimes cause problems and many airports will have pacemaker patients have a different assessment. ...Read more

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Are pacemakers effective in saving lives?

Are pacemakers effective in saving lives?

Pacemaker: Pacemakers are well established as reliable and effective. They can be life saving when the heart would not otherwise contract as often as it needs. ...Read more

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What materials are pacemakers made out of?

What materials are pacemakers made out of?

Several things: The case is made of titanium, the batteries are lithium, /iodine cells, the electrodes are thin insulated wires, and the circuit boards contain resistors, diodes, capacitors, and semiconductors. The circuit boards function like a small EKG machine sensing spontaneous heart beats and if the heart does not beat, they send a small shock down the wires to make it beat. ...Read more

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Do yourecharge the batteries in a pacemaker?

Do yourecharge the batteries in a pacemaker?

No: No . At least not with present day technology. It requires replacing the can (pulse generator) which holds the battery and the computer. ...Read more

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