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Cardiac Stimulator
August 2000

Q. What is a cardiac stimulator? How it can be used?

A. A cardiac stimulator is usually a small wire that is placed into the heart. This wire can give the heart a small electric current. This current can then cause the heart to beat. The stimulator can be used if the heart's rhythm is irregular (in order to regulate it) or if the heart is beating inefficiently. It is a highly specialized technique that is not right for everyone (there must be something wrong with the heart), but is can make a tremendous difference in the right patient.

I tried to find a Web page that described all this is lay terms. The best I could do was to find a page that, frankly, is an advertisement for one particular cardiac stimulator. While I cannot support the particular product (not to say it is bad, I just don't know the product to endorse it, the general information on one type of stimulator seems good. You can see this add at http://www.pslgroup.com/dg/36676.htm.

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