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Health Tip: Don't Ignore Pacemaker Issues

Health Tip: Don't Ignore Pacemaker Issues

04/15/13

(HealthDay News) -- If you have an irregular heartbeat, a pacemaker can help restore your heart to its natural rhythm and help the heart continue to pump blood to the rest of the body.

But once the device is implanted, you shouldn't just "set it and forget it," experts say. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says these potential problems can affect a pacemaker:

  • Interference with the pacemaker's electrical signal caused by other devices, such as cellphones, microwave ovens or high-tension electrical wiring.
  • Broken or dislodged wires.
  • Failing or weakened battery.
  • Progression of heart disease.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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