Cutting the Death Rate from Heart Failure in Half - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/11/03

Cutting the Death Rate from Heart Failure in Half

Traditional pacemakers slow an erratic heartbeat. But two years ago, another pacemaker was introduced especially for heart failure patients to boost the heart's pumping power instead.

Since then, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical School have been studying that new pacemaker and the results are in after following 1,600 people. The study shows the heart failure pacemaker can cut the death rate from congestive heart failure in half. Specifically, these pacemakers have a 51% lower death rate, 29% fewer hospitalizations, and can exercise longer and enjoy a better quality of life than heart failure patients without the device.

 The new heart failure pacemakers cost between $20,000 and $50,000. This study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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