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Permanent Cardiac Pacemaker
A pacemaker is used to treat very slow heart rhythms. A pulse generator is implanted beneath the skin below the collarbone; a pacing wire connects the pulse generator to the heart and carries electrical impulses. The rate of impulse formation controls the heart rate and does not allow the heart to slow below a certain rate.

 

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