Heart pacemaker

Heart pacemaker

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Caption: Heart pacemaker. Coloured X-ray of the chest of a patient, showing a fitted heart pacemaker. This electronic battery-run device is seen above the ribcage, with a yellow lead which connects it to the heart. The heart lies at lower right (yellow), taking up part of one lung field. A pacemaker supplies electrical impulses to the heart to maintain the heartbeat at a regular rate. It may be external (worn on a belt) or internal (implan- ted in the chest). They are fitted in patients suffering a heart block disrupting heart rhythm. Heart pacemakers may provide a fixed rate impulse or discharge only when a heartbeat is missed.

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Keywords: cardiac, cardiology, chest, disease, disorder, equipment, healthcare, heart, heart pacemaker, human body, life support system, medical, medicine, pacemaker, ribcage, systems, treatment, x-ray, xray

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