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Case Reports in Cardiology
Volume 2015, Article ID 796954, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/796954
Case Report

Pacing and Sensing of Human Heart for over 31 Years with the Same Apparatus (Generator and Lead)

1st Cardiology Department, General Hospital of Nikea, 18454 Piraeus, Greece

Received 11 July 2015; Revised 23 September 2015; Accepted 29 September 2015

Academic Editor: Christian Machado

Copyright © 2015 Evangelos Papasteriadis and Panagiotis Margos. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Several patients receive a permanent pacemaker in a relatively young age, with multiple subsequent reoperations for pacemaker replacement. Pulse generator replacement is an invasive procedure, associated with the risk of various complications, mainly infection and skin erosion. A case of an extremely long-lasting pacemaker with a totally uneventful longevity period over 31 years is presented. The explanation for this quite rare pacemaker longevity (possibly unique) is analyzed and discussed.