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Is age a constraint in administering a pacemaker?

My uncle is 92 years old, never been sick, and has all of his faculties. Recently he has been having "episodes" where he becomes light headed and has even passed out for a time. Doctors are monitoring his heart medication and thinking about a pacemaker. Is he too old to consider this?

Tue, 30 May 2017
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Hello, Sir
Welcome to healthcaremagic.
I can certainly understand your concern.
I have worked through your query in detail.

Pacemaker can be considered in your grandfather's case.His age is not an absolute contraindication fo a pacemaker.Infact a pacemaker implantation performed by an experienced operator is a safe procedure for patients of advanced age. The patients who are above 70 years old may have less complication rates than the younger patients according to various scientific articles in various studies.Hence you can go ahead with your doctor's opinion and advise.Complete cardiac evaluation is required before implantation of a cardiac pacemaker.Its advisable to take an expert opinion from an interventional cardiologist before going for the procedure.Please check with your physician if he shares my view and if can prescribe these medications to you.
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