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If a person's natural heart rate (sinus rhythm) is too slow then the heart will not be able to pump enough blood to meet the needs of their body. A pacemaker is a small implantable device that can increase the heart rate by using an electrical stimulus to cause the heart muscle to contract. The pacemaker can be programed to stimulate the heart at a desired rate to increase the heart rate and enable cardiac output to be sufficient.

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15y ago

A pacemaker is a small device that's placed under the skin of your chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms. This device uses electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate. Pacemakers are used to treat heart rhythms that are too slow, fast, or irregular. These abnormal heart rhythms are called arrhythmias (ah-RITH-me-ahs). Pacemakers can relieve some symptoms related to arrhythmias, such as fatigue (tiredness) and fainting. A pacemaker can help a person who has an abnormal heart rhythm resume a more active lifestyle.

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11y ago

Someone that would need a pace maker might have a bad heart. A pacemaker will lets say give your heart a "wake up call" by a shock if something happened and your heart stopped beating. They are common to have so if you or a loved one are looking in to this than don't be nervous, it's kind of like having paramedics with a defibrillator with you at all times.

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Too slow, fast, or irregular heart rhythms that cause dizziness, faintness, passing out spells, shortness of breath, fatigue, lack of energy.

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It is placed in the chest with wire leads attached to the heart. In the event the heart stops beating or begins beating irregularly, it administers a shock to defibrillate the heart

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