Pacemakers can have positive effect

Dear Sir, — I read the letter about cardiac pacemakers in last week’s Chronicle with some concern. 
I feel I must put the other side of the argument for those going through the process of having one fitted.
Firstly, all patients likely to require a pacemaker have one or more consultations with a cardiologist, when the proposed implantation is thoroughly discussed in the light of the condition from which the patient is suffering. 
This condition may have come to light as a result of having worn a heart monitor for 24 hours, or even several days, to ascertain a precise diagnosis. This then leads to the conclusion that a pacemaker is required. 
There are a number of conditions such as arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythms) or vasovagal episodes (faints) that may merit the need for a pacemaker. 

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