A new hazard in the use of an external demand pacemaker

Y. Hasin, Y. Mahler, S. Rogel

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Ventricular pacing by a Medtronic model 5880A external demand pacemaker was shown to be inhibited as long as the metal coverplate of the pacemaker was touched with bare hands. The asystolic periods were induced by a previously undescribed malfunction of the pacemaker, inherent in its structure. This phenomenon occurred when both patient and physician were isolated from any main operated instrument. It could be demonstrated that pacer inhibition was induced by capacitive coupled 50 Hz fields from the environment, activating the sensing mechanism through the metal coverplate. The plastic covered Medtronic model 5840 pacemaker does not have such undesirable characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-96
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Electrocardiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1978


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