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100% pacemaker dependent
Shadsky0 posted:
My mom's cardiologist informed us that her heart is 100% dependent on her pacemaker. I didn't want to scare her so I didn't ask him questions in front of her. My questions are, what does this mean? We were told her battery will last about 11 years, but how can it when it is working constantly? What is some ones prognoses while using the pacemaker 100%? She is 85, had a heart attack a few weeks ago and had the pacemaker put in at that time. Can you help with my questions and can we talk further on this? Thanks you!
James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
If a person is pacemaker dependent, that generally means that they require their pacemaker to generate the electrically activity necessary to stimulate their heart to beat a rate fast enough to be able to feel good, have a normal blood pressure, and be able to do the things they want to do comfortably. For some people, this can mean that their heart does not generate any heart rhythm without the pacemaker - but for others it could mean that their heart generates a slower rhythm, and the pacemaker just speeds it up a bit.

The batteries are pretty amazing - they can last a long time - the doctors will check the battery every three months to make sure it is not wearing out more quickly. Pacemakers generally work very well, and tend to improve people's overall quality of life and may extend life too. Take care and all the best to your mom.

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