Refurbishing pacemakers: a viable approach
Anilkumar, R and Balachander, J (2004) Refurbishing pacemakers: a viable approach. Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal, 4 (1). pp. 1-2. ISSN 0972-6292
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Cardiologists implant permanent pacemakers widely for indications like sick sinus syndrome and complete heart block. The guidelines for such implantations are well established1. However, in developing countries like India, all patients who need pacemakers do not receive them because of financial constraints. Even when such patients get a pacemaker, it is often a more affordable VVI pacemaker rather than the costly DDD pacemaker. The lack of a health insurance scheme and improper social support programs prevent the more widespread implantation of appropriate pacemakers.
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