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Quiz: Do You Understand Pacemakers?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

Questions
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1

A pacemaker can help patients with hearts that beat too fast or too slow.

Explanation:
People with an arrythmia (irregular heartbeat) may require a pacemaker. An arrythmia can be caused by a heartbeat that's too fast (tachycardia) or too slow (bradycardia).
2

A pacemaker will need to be replaced every 3-5 years.

Explanation:
An artificial cardiac pacemaker will need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years. Many of today’s pacemakers can also monitor things like breathing and blood temperature, and can even adjust your heart rate to changes during activity.
3

There are two different kinds of pacemakers available.

Explanation:
There are two different kinds of pacemakers. There are pacemakers that sit under the skin and have one, or up to three wires that go through a vein into the chambers of the heart. Secondly, there are pacemakers that have no wires, that go up through the groin and are tethered into the heart tissue but have no leads.
4

A pacemaker implanted after a heart attack or heart surgery will be permanent.

Explanation:
An artificial cardiac pacemaker may be implanted temporarily after a heart attack or heart surgery.
5

Leadless pacemakers may carry a lower risk of infection.

Explanation:
Leadless pacemakers, unlike pacemakers that are placed with wires in the heart, have potential benefits. This may be a lower risk of infection, as there is no incision or sutures.

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