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Are their any risks in the run having a Pace Maker inserted,

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Are their any risks in the long run having a Pace Maker inserted
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: Seen GP . No medications
JA: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?
Customer: No allergy past medicaion
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: Can't think of any
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 11 months ago.

Hello from JustAnswer.

The risks associated with long term use of a pacemaker are small, but any foreign body in the vascular system can serve as an site of infection. So, there is a very small risk of infection at the site of the pacemaker.

In reality, the greatest risk of infection is greatest immediately after placement, as with any surgery, but there is still some long-term risk for as long as the pacemaker is in place.

The other long term risk of a pacemaker is that it may falsely sense the underlying heart rhythm and and either fail to provide shocks when needed or provide electrical shocks when not needed. If it fails to provide shocks when needed, then the heart may go too slow (which is generally the underlying problem for which the pacemaker was initially placed). If it provides extra shocks when not needed, it may induce abnormal heart rhythms.

All of these long term risks are very low. Most of the risks that occur from pacemaker placement occur around the time of surgical placement.

If I can provide any additional information, please let me know.

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 11 months ago.

Please let me know if I can provide any further assistance.