Daily Mail

WHAT ARE THE RISKS?

- Health · Medicine

PACE­MAKER in­ser­tion risks caus­ing a col­lapsed lung — the lung usu­ally re-in­flates it­self, oth­er­wise a chest drain will be in­serted.

BLEED­ING and bruis­ing oc­cur in one in 20 pa­tients.

IN ABOUT one in 50 cases the pace­maker leads move, re­quir­ing a sec­ond pro­ce­dure.

RARELY, pa­tients de­velop an in­fec­tion, which would mean re­plac­ing the pace­maker.

‘WE HAVE to wait to see how it per­forms in the real world,’ says Dr Steve Mur­ray, a car­di­ol­o­gist at Free­man Hos­pi­tal in New­cas­tle. ‘But this has lots of at­trac­tive fea­tures, in­clud­ing its longer life­span.’

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