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Using defibrillator for slow pumping heart - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Average Posted in: Heart Rate and Rhythm Disorders
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User :   My heart is only pumping at 20% ive been told , how bad is that and is there an alternative to a defibrillator?
Doctor :   Hello.
Doctor :   Give me your age and gender?
User :   57 male
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Do you have any present symptoms?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   How did you come to know about the your heart pumping?
User :   my heart doctor , I had a stent 3 years ago
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   It is usually around 50 to 60 %.
User :   I know that
Doctor :   ok.
Doctor :   Did the doctor prescribe any medication for you?
User :   i take 11 different meds, Coreg is one. I also have diabetes and hbp , as to my question is there an alternative to a def?
Doctor :   Biventricular pacer
User :   does that shock the heart also , i read where the shock kills the patient many times
Doctor :   What shocks the heart?
User :   the defibrillator
Doctor :   It usually safe
User :   thanks
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