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pacemaker

1. Anatomy a small area of specialized tissue within the wall of the right atrium of the heart whose spontaneous electrical activity initiates and controls the beat of the heart
2. Med an electronic device for use in certain cases of heart disease to assume the functions of the natural cardiac pacemaker

pacemaker

[′pās‚māk·ər]
(medicine)
A pulsed battery-operated oscillator implanted in the body to deliver electric impulses to the muscles of the lower heart, either at a fixed rate or in response to a sensor that detects when the patient's pulse rate slows or ceases. Also known as cardiac pacemaker; heart pacer.
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ABOUT BREATHING PACEMAKERS An Avery Breathing Pacemaker is an implanted phrenic nerve or diaphragm stimulator.
The addition of Neil will further our efforts to reach those who can benefit from the Avery Breathing Pacemaker," noted Linda Towler, CEO of Avery Biomedical Devices.
Should you know a patient with quadriplegia, central sleep apnea or other condition that may benefit from a breathing pacemaker, or if you are interested in arranging a meeting with Dr.
It manufactures the Avery Breathing Pacemaker System: an implanted diaphragmatic pacemaker which is used to free many quadriplegics, central sleep apnea and diaphragm paralysis patients from mechanical ventilation.
Breathing pacemakers are small, and do not require the bulky tubing and batteries of mechanical ventilators, so the patient's mobility is greatly enhanced.