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The detection of impending failure in implanted pacemakers
  1. J. G. Davies,
  2. Harold Siddons
  1. St. George's Hospital, London, S.W.1

    Abstract

    As implantable pacemakers last a variable time, it is desirable to be able to foretell when each individual pacemaker is nearing the end of its life. A test which detects a number of different impending electronic failures including battery depletion is described. The test requires only standard laboratory equipment and has been used for four years as a three-monthly procedure in an out-patient clinic. In 17 of 19 consecutive patients the test has enabled a change of pacemaker to be carried out electively. rather than after an arbitrary period or as an emergency when pacing has failed.

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