In this episode, Peter and Stuart talk about pacemakers.
As well as discussing the different varieties of pacemakers, they also take a look at the types of patients who would benefit from one – and those where a pacemaker is not needed.
You can listen to this episode here.
There are three different types of pacemakers:
- Single chamber—features one lead that goes to the lower chamber of the heart
- Dual chamber—features two leads, one to the upper and one to the lower chamber of the heart
- Biventricular—features three leads, one to the upper and two to the lower chamber of the heart
In addition, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a device that detects and treats abnormal rhythms in the heart ventricle. In a life-threatening situation, the device works by sending either small electrical impulses or an electrical shock to the heart to restore normal heart rhythm.
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