I'll be getting a defibrillator soon. Can a person get a defibrillator AND a pacemaker?
Modern defibrillators (ICDs)- are also pacemakers.
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.
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!
You know you're wired when...
Like the Energizer Bunny, you keep going.
My muscles are very sore but each day it gets better and my range of movement is improving.