Purpose of Technology
A pacemaker is a small, battery-powered device, typically implanted under the skin in the chest near the collarbone, with wires leading directly to the ventricle(s) and/or atrium(a) of the heart. These devices treat cardiac arrhythmias by delivering electrical stimulation to the heart to support a regular heartbeat. Single-chamber pacemakers (SCPMs) employ a single atrial or ventricular lead, whereas dual-chamber pacemakers (DCPMs) use leads placed in both the atrium and ventricle.
- Does the use of DCPMs, compared with SCPMs, result in different rates of AF?
How do DCPMs compare with SCPMs regarding measures of safety (death, stroke, HF)?
Does the use of DCPMs plus MinVPs, compared with DCPMs, result in different rates of AF?
How do DCPMs plus MinVPs compare with DCPMs regarding measures of safety (death, stroke, HF)?
- Have definitive patient selection criteria been established for use of SCPMs or DCPMs or DCPMs plus MinVPs?
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