Pacemaker and Potassium
Heart pace maker is recommended for a person when his pulse rate goes down.
The company which manufactures the pace makers say on their web site that pace maker has no utility.
My mother has been recommended the pace maker More then 6 times by hospitals in last 10 years.
My mother is diabetic for last 40 years.
Her pulse goes down when her potassium goes up.
High potassium is deadly for heart patients. It can kill a person in few hours. High potassium can lead to organ damage.
Diabetics usually suffer from potassium surges.
The body defense system reduces the pulse so that the potassium cannot damage the heart and other organs. High potassium indicates tissue damage. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necrosis
Tissue damage leads to leakage of potassium from cells. High serum potassium leads to further tissue damage causing organ failure.
If one gets a pace maker installed his heart will keep beating at 70 pulses per minute even when potassium goes up.
That will kill the person.
Now people who are not suspectible to potassium increase can live for decades without any complication after getting a pace maker.
But diabetics cannot live for more then 1 or 2 years with the pacemaker specially if they have potassium fluctuations.
Now hospitals counter this by saying that if heart goes down during sleep the person will not get time to reach the hospital and will die.
This is wrong. When ever potassium is high or low, the person will experience vommiting and loose motions and will feel uneasy.
All that is needed is to educate the patient and family rather then push the sale of pace makers.