cardiac pacemaker

cardiac pacemaker
An electronic device that is implanted in the body to monitor heart rate and rhythm. It gives the heart electrical stimulation when it does not beat normally. A cardiac pacemaker runs on batteries and has long, thin wires that connect it to the heart. Also called pacemaker and artificial pacemaker.

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  • Pacemaker (disambiguation) — Pacemaker may refer to:In biology and medicine: * Cardiac pacemaker, a group of cells within the heart that together initiate contractions and set the pace of beating * Artificial pacemaker, a device implanted to provide proper heart rhythm when… …   Wikipedia

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  • Cardiac action potential — The cardiac action potential is a specialized action potential in the heart, with unique properties necessary for function of the electrical conduction system of the heart.The cardiac action potential differs significantly in different portions… …   Wikipedia

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