A hermetically sealed mercury cell pacemaker: advantages and early clinical results

G. L. Grunkemeier, J. L. Dobbs, A. Starr

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Abstract

Despite the known advantages of hermetic encapsulation of implanted pacemakers, only a few conventionally powered models are totally hermetically sealed, and most of them are not yet clinically available. This report describes the results with a mercury cell unit which has been in clinical use since 1970 and has been totally hermetically sealed since 1974. The lowered premature failure rate with the newer model substantiates the theoretical advantages of hermetic encapsulation. The rate behavior of the pulse generator, upon which our telephone follow up system is based, is essentially the same for both models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)562-564
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Volume72
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1976

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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