As the owner of a four-year-old pacemaker, I have often found myself trying to explain what they are, what they mean to other people. Just a warning here — a pacemaker will keep a heart beating. It is not a substitute for needing a replacement valve or a bypass or many of the other things done to keep a heart working properly. These are all procedures that might well b done in conjunction with getting a pacemaker.

Newer pacemakers are not metal and allow their owners to get MRIs and pass through airport checkpoints. Mine is metal, so not me.

Pacemaker batteries last for 10 to 12 years. How come no other battery lasts that long?

How To Fix A Broken Heart
As we grow older, parts of our heart can deteriorate or become weaker. As a result, it affects the functionality of heart, which  gives us some serious problems. But we have developed some incredible technology that has saved countless of lives. This episode of Real Engineering shows us how pacemakers help keep our hearts beating when our natural system can no longer help us, and how it has evolved over the years.

Video via – Real Engineering
Further Readings and References @ MSD ManualBritish Heart Foundation, and Healthline

via How To Fix A Broken Heart

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7 replies

  1. A couple of male friends had pacemakers, and we were grateful for those batteries just as I am for yours. 🙂

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  2. One could be tempted to say: If ONLY it was that easy to mend a broken heart…. but of course I know about it all and I’m not a cynical person (just maybe one with a twisted sense of humour). My late father in law had a triple bypass, amongst other health problems, but pacemakers are not a foreign word to me.
    You know, I was posing the same question too – how come that ‘some’ batteries last so long (learned about this reading technical articles on battery making) – THIS is, at least, a very worthy cause!

    This video channel is a very interesting one. Thank you for pointing me towards it. Although maybe I shouldn’t thank you because I get distracted from real life for far too long…. 🙂 (excuse, very valid: I learn something every single day & time….)

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  3. My dad had a pacemaker. He was about 95 years old when he had it fitted. Now and again they would do a check to see that it was working OK. I was angry with the English health care when they decided to transport him to have a check when he was in palliative care. He was an old sick man of more than 100 Years old. Of course his pacemaker was still working OK. 3 days later he passed away. I did what i could to stop this stupidity, but from Switzerland it was difficult and he was already on his way for the check up.

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