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Had congestive heart failure. Afib, medicines not responding. How risky is pacemaker surgery?

My mother has congestive heart failure and also Afib in which isn t responding enough with medication. With medication the lowest her heart rate has been while resting is 110. She is 77 years old and moderately overweight. Her cardiologist wants her to get a pace maker but she has refused? I am trying to convince her to get the pacemaker but she s afraid because she has an extremely hard time coming out of anestesia. How long can she live with a heart rate of 120 to 170? And how risky is pacemaker surgery?
Asked On : Fri, 15 Feb 2013
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Cardiologist 's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

The benefits far outweigh the risks.
She is still on the right side of eighty!
It allows better control of rhythm and failure / improves the quantity and quality of life...

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Tue, 19 Mar 2013
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