Dementia Patients More Likely to Get Pacemaker

Published 07/28 2014 03:23PM

Updated 07/28 2014 03:25PM

PITTSBURGH - People with dementia are more likely to get pacemakers for heart rhythm irregularities, like atrial fibrillation, than people without the condition, according to a researchers at the  University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

They say the likelihood of getting a pacemaker to regulate the heart beat, was lowest for people with no memory problems and highest for dementia patients.

The lead investigator says aggressive interventions like pacemakers might not be appropriate for dementia patients because their lives are limited by a severely disabling disease.

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