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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Disabling the rate-responsive mode in this case may have provided a greater margin of safety and this has been suggested as the appropriate preoperative manoeuvre for all rate-responsive pacemakers (9).
Monitoring equipment induced tachycardia in patients with minute ventilation rate-responsive pacemakers. Br J Anaesth 2000; 84:508-509.