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Long - term cardiac pacing

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Since we last discussed pacemakers1 the reliability and life span of cardiac pacemakers have much improved so that drugs now have little place in the management of chronic heart block.2 Perhaps 12,000 – 20,000 patients with chronic heart block in the United Kingdom need a pacemaker,3 4 it has been estimated that in the USA over 50,000 people wear one.5 6 This article discusses the equipment used for long-term pacing.

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