WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
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.’