A Pacemaker Patient Case Study

Pacemakers allow people to live full and active lives. One example of how the pacemaker technology has affected a life is exemplified in the following vignette.

Mr. B is a 68-year-old man who recently retired. Unfortunately, he began to have problems with abrupt episodes of unconsciousness. Without warning, he would suddenly pass out. Over the course of six months, he passed out four times. During his fourth episode he fell down the stairs breaking his ankle.

He came to the hospital was admitted, and observed on a heart monitor. After three hours, he reported to the nurse that he was feeling dizzy. By the time the nurse reached him, he had passed out. The heart tracing was recorded.

Mr. B was roused and his heart rate returned to normal. However, it was clear now that he would require a permanent pacemaker. The procedure was carried out the next morning, and an ECG was recorded.

Mr. B has resumed golfing, gardening, and bought a travel trailer. He traveled across Canada last summer. He continues to feel well and is enjoying life.
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