CHARLES N. LEACH JR., M.D.; MILTON J. SANDS JR., M.D.; SCOTT GALLE, M.D.
Close follow-up of implanted cardiac pacemakers allows safe complete use of battery life. Lead problems and untimely pacemaker component failure can be anticipated or identified, and corrected (1). Optimal frequency of follow-up remains a matter of debate, and various schedules are in use depending on pacemaker model and the patient's degree of pacemaker dependency (2, 3).
The New Britain General Hospital Pacemaker Clinic follows 80 patients, 42 of whom have received the new Medtronic 5950* bipolar model since March 1975. Eight recent pacemaker failures have alerted us that closer follow-up must be instituted for pulse generators of this model (Table
LEACH CN, SANDS MJ, GALLE S. Cardiac Pacemaker Failure. Ann Intern Med. ;86:316–317. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-3-316
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(3):316-317.
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