rate-responsive pacemaker


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rate-responsive pacemaker

An electronic pacemaker that senses changes in the body's need for adjustment of the cardiac rate as can occur in sleeping, waking, sitting, walking, or running. The device alters cardiac rate by sensing body motion, changes in breathing, or slight changes in blood temperature, which improves the quality of life for active patients. It is also called a rate-adaptive pacemaker.
See also: pacemaker
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Certainly, pacing at inappropriate rates under anaesthesia due to electromagnetic interference from diathermy or monitoring devices has been reported with rate-responsive pacemakers (14-18).
BIOTRONIK's Home Monitoring System is initially available in the company's dual-chamber, rate-responsive pacemakers with anticipated availability for cardiac defibrillators in 2002.
Monitoring devices are known to induce tachycardia in minute-ventilation rate-responsive pacemakers.