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Does a pacemaker keep tge heart beating after death? h.

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Does a pacemaker keep...

Does a pacemaker keep tge heart beating after death? h

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Illinois. The pacemaker was inserted in Wisconsin'

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She is still alive but has a weak heart and arterial blockage

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She is 105 and suffers from shortness of breath even though she is on oxygen

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No, it will not keep the heart beating after death. The pacemaker looks for native impulses from the heart muscle cells itself. Once it detects that the heartbeat is lower than the required rate, it sends a trigger to the heart muscle for it to beat. The heart muscle is the first muscle to die once a person passes and once the muscle is dead it cannot be stimulated by the very brief (fraction of a second) stimulus of the pacemaker and the conduction of the impulse sent by the pacemaker does not travel in the heart to trigger a dead muscle to beat. So, in theory, it seems plausible, but practically, once the person dies, the pacemaker can not stimulate or keep the heart beating.

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