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) 27 15
Sinus node dysfunction 17 6
Heart block 16 6
Atrial fibrillation 3 1
Cardiac arrest 3 2
Heart arrhythmias 3 2

Show all 21 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
0
Moderate
1
Mild
5
None
21

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Heart Pacemaker

Side effect Patients
Pain 2
Angina pain 1
Chest pain 1
Eating disorder 1
Fainting 1
Heart failure 1

Show all 10 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Heart Pacemaker

Dosage Patients
daily 11
1 other daily 3
as needed 3
60 other daily 1
100 other daily 1
1,000 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
Doctor's advice 1
Other 1
See all 2 patients who've stopped using Heart Pacemaker

Duration

Currently using Heart Pacemaker

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 7

Stopped using Heart Pacemaker

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 26
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 22
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 7
Not specified 20
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2 patient evaluations for Heart Pacemaker

Aug 17, 2016 (Started Oct 22, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for transient ischemic attack)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for irregular heartbeat (cardiac arrhythmia))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for heart rate low (bradycardia))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for heart attack (myocardial infarction))
  • 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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