Reuse of explanted pacemakers: an option for economically underprivileged patients in developing countries

Francis, Johnson; Anilkumar, R. and Mond, Harry (2007) Reuse of explanted pacemakers: an option for economically underprivileged patients in developing countries. Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal, 7 (4). pp. 192-194. ISSN 0972-6292

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Permanent pacemaker implantation is an established mode of life saving therapy for patients with symptomatic bradycardia. As the human population is aging world-over, the need for pacemakers are also increasing. Reviewing the results of the 2001 World Survey on Cardiac Pacing and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (Table 1), it is evident that not all patients who require pacemakers are receiving them, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. The largest implanting country per head of population is Germany, although the largest numbers implanted are in the United States of America. In contrast, the countries of Asia have much smaller numbers with Myanmar having less than one implant per million population per year1.

EPrint Type:Article
Additional Information:This article is part of the Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development, 22nd October 2007, organized by the Council of Science Editors to raise awareness, stimulate interest, and stimulate research into poverty and human development. This is an international collaboration with journals from developed and developing countries.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Pacemakers, Re-use, Patients, Developing Countries, ICD, Implantable Cardioverter Defibillators, Bradycardia
Subjects:-Journal Repositories > Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
Equipment and Supplies > Surgical Equipment > Artificial Organs > Pacemaker, Artificial
Persons > Patients
Equipment and Supplies > Electrodes > Defibrillators > Defibrillators, Implantable
Therapeutics > Cardiac Pacing, Artificial
Cardiovascular Diseases > Heart Diseases
ID Code:2709
Deposited By:Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
Deposited On:10 March 2008

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