What is Heart Pacemaker?

Category: Equipment

Most popular types: Medtronics pacemaker Guidant Cardiac Pacemaker

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A pacemaker is a medical device which uses electrical impulses, delivered by electrodes contacting the heart muscles, to regulate the beating of the heart. The primary purpose of a pacemaker is to maintain an adequate heart rate.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Heart rate low (bradycardia) 28 15
Sinus node dysfunction 18 7
Heart block 16 7
Irregular heartbeat (cardiac arrhythmia) 5 3
Atrial fibrillation 3 1
Cardiac arrest 3 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 5
None 23

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Heart Pacemaker

Side effect Patients Percentage
Pain 2
Angina pain 1
Chest pain 1
Dizziness 1
Eating disorder 1
Fainting 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently using Heart Pacemaker

Dosage Patients Percentage
daily 8
1 other daily 3
as needed 2
60 other daily 1
1000 other daily 1
all the time (24/7) 1
five times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Heart Pacemaker

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 1
Other 1
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Duration

Currently using Heart Pacemaker

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 6

Stopped using Heart Pacemaker

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 28
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 24
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 8
Not specified 21
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2 patient evaluations for Heart Pacemaker

Aug 17, 2016 (Started Oct 22, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for heart attack (myocardial infarction))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for heart rate low (bradycardia))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for irregular heartbeat (cardiac arrhythmia))
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for transient ischemic attack)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Unable to have an MRI)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Had not had an unexplained fall until 2016, which was the result of severe dehydration. Has completely curtailed any prior arrythmia or heart problem. Only known side effect is the inability to have an MRI for my degenerated top 5 cervical vertebrae/discs that need fusion, but cannot be operated on w/o the MRI.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 22, 2015 (Started Feb 01, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for heart rate low (bradycardia))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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