How Dependable is a Pacemaker?

Dr. Graham Wong, Cardiologist, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACC, discusses How Dependable is a Pacemaker?

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Dr. Graham Wong, Cardiologist, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACC, discusses How Dependable is a Pacemaker?
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Featuring Dr. Graham Wong, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FACC

Duration: 1 minute, 15 seconds How Dependable is a Pacemaker? Usually the reason why a pacemaker is inserted is because the natural electrical system that powers your heart has failed or is failing to the point where the heart is not getting an adequate electrical impulse to cause it to pump.

Therefore, individuals with a pacemaker are dependent on that pacemaker to a varying degree, and its very important for us to know at all times whether or not the pacemaker is functioning perfectly well, and also we need to understand what the remaining battery life of the pacemaker is.

Although pacemakers are mechanical devices and mechanical devices do have a failure rate, the rate of failure for a pacemaker is extremely low. However, like any other mechanical device, regular maintenance is required, and that why it so important that patients with pacemakers go to the pacemaker clinic so that the performance of the pacemaker can be investigated and measured, and the battery life can be estimated so that if there is a need to change the battery or to upgrade the computer or upgrade the wiring, that can be scheduled on an elective basis.

Presenter: Dr. Graham Wong, Cardiologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Cardiologist

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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