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    As the question says.

    My dad is getting one fitted soon and I just wondered what we are facing as a family?
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    well if he needs a pace-maker it usually means he has a bad heart.

    But the pace-make itself is only going to save his life if his heart stops...so the answer =

    no, a bad heart shortens life expectency, a pace maker helps prolong life
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    (Original post by bestofyou)
    well if he needs a pace-maker it usually means he has a bad heart.

    But the pace-make itself is only going to save his life if his heart stops...so the answer =

    no, a bad heart shortens life expectency, a pace maker helps prolong life
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    (Original post by bestofyou)
    well if he needs a pace-maker it usually means he has a bad heart.

    But the pace-make itself is only going to save his life if his heart stops...so the answer =

    no, a bad heart shortens life expectency, a pace maker helps prolong life
    Not quite right - when you say a pacemaker is only going to save life if the heart stops, I think you're thinking of an implantable defibrillator rather than a pacemaker. A defibrillator is something that shocks the heart back into a normal rhythm if it detcets that the heart is not beating properly. On the other hand, a pacemaker does not shock. There are several different ways in which a pacemaker can work, but a roguh idea is that it acts continuously on the heart to keep it beating above a certain rate (a lot of people get them because their heart beats indredibly slowly).

    In terms of how a pacemaker affects things, this is difficult to answer as in some ways it depends on what the underlying problem was which made it necessary. if you're worried, it might be worth having a chat with your family's GP, he or she might be able to explain a bit more to you.
 
 
 
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