Pacemaker

Do You Need a Heart Pacemaker?

…evaluation—sooner than later. Now it’s your turn: Have you, or someone you know, gotten a heart pacemaker and found it made a difference? You May Also Be Interested In * When People with Atrial Fibrillation Need Heart Pacemakers * Bad Vibrations Can Hurt Your Heart

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

…pressure is the cause. But it can also happen in people with arteriosclerosis, valvular disease, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and pacemaker therapy. The classic signs of VaD are slowed thinking, memory problems, confusion that often worsens at night, personality changes, loss of social…

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Intrinsic Cardiac Pacemakers

Today, I want to tell you about a couple of intrinsic cardiac pacemakers. We'll start with the atrioventricular or AV node. Like our discussion of the SA node, the discussion is pretty technical. Look at it as a way to impress people around the watercooler! The AV node is a "back up" for the SA node…

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The SA Node: An Intrinsic Heart Pacemaker

Most people are familiar with the artificial heart pacemakers that we use to keep the heart beating, but many don’t realize that the body has built-in heart pacemakers of its own. Every cardiac cell is capable of automaticity (to fire on its own) and conductivity, but there is a specialized network…

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Is Your Cell Phone Causing Heart Problems?

…be a real danger to your pacemaker and your heart. Plus, the same danger exists for folks with intra-cardiac defibrillators (ICDs). The reason your cell phone affects your heart is that your heart is more than a muscle—it’s a finely tuned electrical system. Pacemakers and ICDs are inserted when…

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