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Pacemaker related query, please help

OK, so my gramma s doctor told her that she needs a pacemaker , and my aunt from australia keeps telling her that pacemaker patients won t even make it a year after the surgery , she is scaring her off, telling her that she won t last and shit like that, please tell me the truth, i love my grandmother, she is 61 only, any patients her who could tell me the truth.
Thu, 17 Dec 2009
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Your aunt is full of it. I'm 26, have had a pacemaker for 4 years now, and it has dramatically improved my quality of life. Pacemakers are extremely advanced, actually like mini computers; that records all kinds of data and only pace the heart when absolutely necessary. Pacemakers have long battery life, and usually only need to be replaced every 6-12 years. The surgery for implantation is minimal, and in most cases can be done on an outpatient basis. There are so many people that are leading dramatically better lives today due to the advancements in pacemaker and ICD technology. Many patients feel an improvement immediately after the procedure because the effect is usually immediate. I could go on and on, you might want to check out some of the websites below. Good luck, and rest assured your grandmother will be fine after a pacemaker implant. Feel free to contact me privately with any ?'s.
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