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Doctor insights on: What Meterials Are Pacemakers Made Of

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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 uses of radioisotopes in pacemakers?

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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What are the different types of metals and acrylics used in partial dentures? Any mercury?

What are the different types of metals and acrylics used in partial dentures? Any mercury?

No Mercury: The metal used is usually an alloy based on chromium and cobalt. This is a strong alloy and is usually tolerated quite well. Years ago a gold alloy was used; that may be quite expensive today. The acrylics are quite common and have been used for years. Some partials can also be made with other materials. This science has changed a bit. ...Read more

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What are some of the benefits of electronic pacemakers?

Longer life: Depending on what is being treated it can prevent fainting and premature death from slow heart rates or cardiac arrest. ...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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What various types of cosmesis prosthetics are available?

What various  types of cosmesis prosthetics are available?

Quality: There are different quality if material used to make the prosthesis, but more importantly is the quality of the makers ability to match your skin color. ...Read more

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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 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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Glasses- polycarbonate lenses, what are these and what are the benefits?

Glasses- polycarbonate lenses, what are these and what are the benefits?

Polycarbonate: Polycarbonate is a shatter-resistant plastic that is used in all children's glasses and in safety glasses. It is also used for certain types of glasses frames because of its toughness. ...Read more

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What types of defibrillators are there?

What types of defibrillators are there?

Internal & external: Implantable (internal) defibrillators remain in the body, whereas external defibrillators are the boxes with paddles that you see on tv shows. They both shock the heart out of life-threatening cardiac arrest rhythm if need be. There are automated external units that lay people can use; you put paddles on person's chest and the machine determines the rhythm and speaks commands to give a shock. ...Read more

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Are contact lenses made of different materials and are they different?

Are contact lenses made of different materials and are they different?

Yes.: Contact lenses are made from many different materials. They differ in oxygen permeability, water content, size, rigidity, and may other characteristics. You should discuss this with your eye doctor to determine which is right for you. ...Read more

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What are the differences in denture design and materials?

What are the differences in denture design and materials?

Custom made: Every individual's mouth is different, and each denture must be custom made with modern dental materials and techniques. ...Read more

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What are the differences between aicd and pacemaker?

What are the differences between aicd and pacemaker?

AICD and pacer: An AICD almost always has a pacemaker as part of its circuitry. The ICD has a wire that monitors heart electrical function and circuitry to sense that electrical activity and respond with a cardioversion shock or a smaller pacemaker stimulus. The pacer doesn't have the cardioversion circuitry just the sense/pace circuitry. The ICD needs a bigger battery because it has to put out a larger discharge ...Read more

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What are the advantages and limitations of nuclear medicine?

What are the advantages and limitations of nuclear medicine?

Molecular imaging: Nuclear medicine has the ability to examine the molecular basis of disease by using very low levels of radioactivity that targets the disease-specific biomarkers and specific organs. The downside is it uses radioactivity (very little) and has somewhat limited resolution, but the modern scanners are attached to other modalities such as ct or mri. ...Read more

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What are the risks of conventional vaccines? Are recombinant ones better?

What are the risks of conventional vaccines? Are recombinant ones better?

Old vs new technolog: The whole cell pertussis,an early vaccine,was basically dead germs that were broken into pieces and given. This gave great protection, but almost all infants had high fevers by the 2nd or 3rd dose, and it could never be giver after age 6. Today's pertussis is a synthetic replica of part of the germ. Its "clean" origin produces almost no side effects and the vaccine can be given at any age ...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 are the metals and acrylics used in dentures?

Can be Chrome cobalt: Can be chrome cobalt , vitallium , titanium for partial dentures and high nobel metal with combination with pfm crowns (rpd).. Dentures ir acrylic partials with fibered acrylic like valplax ...Read more

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