The rechargeable cardiac pacemaker

K. B. Lewis

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A totally implantable cardiac pacing system powered by a single nickel-cadmium battery that can be recharged through the skin was developed to provide a device that would, in most instances, last for the patient's lifetime. Recharging the pacemaker at home is a simple procedure that requires no special technical aptitude and can easily be managed by children or elderly patients. New energy-conserving technology and the development of primary lithium batteries have resulted in the production of cardiac pacemakers projected to last at least 10 years, and thus provide most patients with a lifetime pacemaker that does not require recharging. The rechargeable pacemaker is still indicated for younger patients who will outlive conventional primary cell pacemakers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-100
Number of pages6
JournalPrimary Cardiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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