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Avera Medical Minute: Implanted Pacemakers

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Heart failure is the number one reason for hospital admissions for those over the age of 65. For patients in various stages of heart failure, physicians offer a range of therapies based on developments in medical cardiology.

Dr. Riyad Mohama understands what happens to the heart as the muscle weakens. It's his job and passion to help make it stronger. Today, he's inserting an implantable pacemaker and defibrillator in the chest wall of this patient. It monitors the heart for potentially fatal rhythms and delivers a lifesaving shock, restoring normal heart beats.

Dr. Mohama said the bi-ventricular defibrillator pacemaker helps those who are at risk of life-threatening arrhythmias as well as congestive heart failure, commonly caused by high blood pressure, and damage from a previous heart attack or diabetes The most common reason for patients to die suddenly from cardiac arrest is coronary heart disease.

You can prevent it by avoiding a sedentary lifestyle, making healthy dietary choices, and quitting smoking. But cardiac arrest can also occur without any known cause. That's why it's important to know CPR to help keep the victim alive until emergency help arrives.

If you have questions call 877-AT-AVERA or visit this website: www.averamckennan.org


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