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Benefits/risks of pacemaker if >90?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bennett Werner
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Dr. Mary Callahan
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Risk/benefits

In any procedure the risks and benefits need to be considered.
If there is significant risks of falls or of injury to yourself that would be fixed by a pacemaker then it may be worth the risk of it. However, the risk of surgery at 90+ years of age is also significant. Would discuss this with your family as well as your physician.

In brief: Risk/benefits

In any procedure the risks and benefits need to be considered.
If there is significant risks of falls or of injury to yourself that would be fixed by a pacemaker then it may be worth the risk of it. However, the risk of surgery at 90+ years of age is also significant. Would discuss this with your family as well as your physician.
Dr. Mary Callahan
Dr. Mary Callahan
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