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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I don't think any : It is usually performed by the medical device reps after hours in the community setting and bt technologists during working hours. The same goes for academic settings during working hours but usually the ep fellow performs checks after hours. The people checking the devices should be familiar with the necessary equipment. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
After a couple of months offeeling well it's been decided that i need to upgrade my pacemaker to a 2 lead is this serious or just added to my box?
Pacemaker: The decision for a single vs a dual chamber pacemaker depends on the patient's specific situation. You should have this discussion with your cardiologist. In general single vs dual chamber pacemaker doesn't raise procedural risk significantly. Neither does it necessarily imply the patients cardiac situation is worse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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