A leadless pacemaker can reduce complications from surgery and infection. The device works well for some heart patients, but not for all. Find out if you’re a good candidate.
Find the truth about questions that pique your curiosity in our series, “The Short Answer.” Preventive cardiologist Haitham Ahmed, MD, MPH, answers this one about cardiovascular disease.
If your heart isn’t beating at the right rate or rhythm, doctors have several options to help you. Pacemakers and defibrillators take over pacing your heartbeat when heart disease and other conditions play havoc with heart rhythms. Your heart signals Normally, electrical impulses generated in your heart stimulate the heart to contract. This moves blood … Read More
When someone has an implanted device such as a pacemaker or implantable defibrillator (ICD), they depend on that device to treat their irregular heart rhythm. To function properly, there is the device itself (the pacemaker or ICD) and the leads or wires that go from the device to your heart. Pacemakers, ICDs and leads go through … Read More
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True or False: Pacemakers “fix” all heart rhythm problems. True False Answer: False In their book, Heart 411, Drs. Gillinov and Nissen say: We use pacemakers most often to treat people who have a heart rate that is too slow (also termed a bradycardia). In these people, the pacemaker ensures a heart rate that is … Read More