Title

Automated Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator/Pacemaker Lead Fracture

Division

North Florida

Hospital

Osceola

Document Type

Case Report

Publication Date

11-19-2020

Keywords

pacemaker lead fracture, electrophysiology, automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator

Disciplines

Cardiology | Cardiovascular Diseases | Emergency Medicine

Abstract

Implanted artificial pacemakers are groundbreaking pieces of technology that have a vast array of medical benefits. However, as with other electronic devices, these implanted cardiac devices are not immune to failure. One of the most common failures are lead fractures, which can lead to conduction issues that result in inappropriate or insufficient electrical stimulation to the myocardium or other myocytes. The authors present a classic example of this type of artificial pacemaker failure, with the hospital course of a female patient presenting with erratic muscle contractions due to improper electrical impulse generation and conduction.

Publisher or Conference

Cureus

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