Study links common pacemakers with increased risk for gradual heart failure

03/15/2005 | Philadelphia Inquirer, The

New research raises concerns over the safety of the most-common types of pacemakers, indicating that patients with the devices are more likely to die from or be hospitalized for gradual heart failure, compared with similar people without pacemakers. Researchers say patients with pacemakers should have the device checked every few months and contact their doctor if they experience such symptoms as shortness of breath.

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