I'll be getting a defibrillator soon. Can a person get a defibrillator AND a pacemaker?



by AgentX86 - 2021-01-13 21:24:30

Modern defibrillators (ICDs)-  are also pacemakers.

ices and pms

by islandgirl - 2021-01-21 18:21:13

I have a couple of friends that jhave an ICD--they have no need for pacing.  One of my friends only has a ventricular lead.

I have both....1 unit.  

The pm and ICD work differently.  The ICD shocks and the PM controls heart rate....keeping it from going too slowly.  I occasionally have to have 'resychronization'...about every 6 months.  My EP watches for being out of synch at my visits/ECG and also my Carelink uploads.



by corydan - 2021-03-05 12:18:44

Yes sir, you absolutely can. I have had mine since 2013. It's a dual chamber Medtronic Evera XT DR . . . I'm sure its not made anymore. I am due to have a relacement in the next few years.

It paces me up or down depending. Mine is set for 60 on the low side and I believe 215 on the high side. If my HR gets above the 215 range, it will begin to "monitor" my rhythm for any irregular patterns. If it does detect a dangerous rhythm, it will decide if it needs to deliver therapy. Mine also has a feature to correct my heart beats along the way, so as to keep me from having the big shock . . . which, I have only had once. I pace anywhere from 20-30 percent of the time as well.


Hope that helps!


by sws - 2021-09-15 17:21:41

As explained to me, all pacemakers are not Defibrillators,  but all Defibrillators are pacemakers. 

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