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What happens if a defibrillator pad is placed directly over a pacemaker?

What happens if a defibrillator pad is placed directly over a pacemaker My husband had a heart transplant some 23 years ago and recently underwent cardioversion when the defibrillator pad was placed directly over the pacemaker site. Could someone please let m know what could have been the outcome of this. As it was my husband suffered total heart block some two weeks later. Many thanks. Julia
Asked On : Wed, 23 Feb 2011
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Defib should be given away from the pacemaker or else it will either stop or become dysfunctional. Most of the new pacemakers have inbuilt defib. Total heart block is a life threatening condition

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