What is pacemaker pseudomalfunction?

Updated: Feb 13, 2017
  • Author: Daniel M Beyerbach, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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In some clinical settings, an apparent pacing system malfunction is suggested; however, the apparent malfunction is a normal, programmed pacer function. Such pseudomalfunctions are partly due to new algorithms to preserve intrinsic conduction and more physiologic pacing. These can sometimes be corrected by changing the programming; in other cases, the patient may need to have the device changed.


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