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Illustration of a pacemaker Maintaining Your Pacemaker

Pacemakers are made to last a long time, but, as with all electronic devices, they do require upkeep. The average battery life is between five to 15 years. During this battery lifespan, there are several safety plans in place to ensure that the battery never stops working altogether.

Photo of a pacemakerPacemaker Versus Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD)

Arrhythmias, which are abnormal heart rates or rhythms, are caused by issues with the electrical system of the heart. While there are many types of arrhythmias and a variety of treatment options, some arrhythmias may require a pacemaker or implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) to keep the heart beating as it should.

Physician monitoring devices Heart Palpitations: Causes and When to Get Checked

People who experience heart palpitations often describe them as feeling their heart flutter, skip a beat, beat too hard or beat too fast. Often these common heart sensations are no cause for concern, but, sometimes they do signal an underlying heart condition. Learn the common causes of palpitations and when to see the doctor.

Woman holding her chest Can Stress and Anxiety Cause Heart Palpitations

Have you ever been in a movie theater or home watching TV and you notice your heart is beating faster than normal or skipping a beat? If you already have an existing heart condition or if this is a new symptom, this can be scary. But, palpitations don't necessarily mean anything is wrong with your heart. Most are harmless, usually brought on by anxiety, and go away on their own. There are a few things you can do to get relief.

Heart surgery Get the Facts on Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs)

Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), are extra beats in the heart rhythm. These extra beats begin in the lower chambers of the heart and can cause feelings of jumping, skipped beats and fluttering. Learn the causes, treatments and when to see a doctor for PVCs.

AEDWhat You Should Know About Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

Many people are aware of the importance of knowing how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a cardiac emergency. However, many public places also have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) nearby to provide quick assistance to a person experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest.

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