Advantages<br />Kept patients alive in complete heart block <br />Enabled many of them to enjoy moderately active lives<br />The doctor could noninvasively and repeatedly alter pacing device<br />
Drawbacks<br />Battery of the internal pacemaker may run low<br />Require further surgical procedures<br />
Key Takeaway Points<br />Pacemaker brought about a lot of advantages in the medical history and saved a lot of lives<br />Pacemaker was constantly refined to suit to new heart diseases<br />Prolonged mortality rate<br />
Rating<br />5/5<br />Displayed the evolution of heart pacing and the impact on the lives of people<br />Covered both advantages and drawbacks of the pacemakers<br />
Issues for Discussion<br />Do you think that the battery of the pacemaker will be able to operate indefinitely in the future? <br />Will mankind be over-reliant on technology and implanting a pacemaker even when not required or as a preventive measure of heart attacks? <br />
The END<br />‘The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart’ - Helen Keller <br />
References<br />Pacing the Heart: Growth and Redefinition of a Medical Technology, 1952-1975, Kirk Jeffrey, Technology and Culture, Vol. 36, No. 3 (Jul 1995), pp. 583-624<br />
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