Posted By Kj on April 15, 1999 at 03:52:21
I have a question re. anti-tachycardia devices. Can these pacemakers
be inserted on a trial basis, or permanently, without actually ablating the Sinus/AV Node? How do they actually work?
Posted By CCF CARDIO MD - CRC on April 15, 1999 at 13:02:54
Could you clarify your question a bit. Are you referring to the use of AV node ablation and pacemaker for rate control for atrial fibrillation?
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Posted By kj on April 16, 1999 at 03:54:32
Sorry for not being specific. I am referring to pacemakers for atrial
arrhythmias that cannot be controlled by drugs. I heard there were devices
that kick in when the arrhythmia starts (to terminate it). Can these devices
be inserted on a trial basis to see if it actually works on the patient and if not, be removed. You see, I might need a pacemaker for my uncontrolled atrial arrhythmia as no medication seems to be controlling it - I would rather have a pacemaker on a trial basis to see if it works rather than fully committing to it for the rest of my life.
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