Harvard Heart Letter

Pacemaker safe after age 90

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Age no barrier to pacemaker implantation

For most older people, the benefits of implanting a pacemaker outweigh the risks.

Age should not be a barrier to getting a pacemaker—even for people over age 90, a new study finds.

"We have technology that can help people in the latest stages of their life. But there have been limited data to guide its use," says the study's first author, Dr. Anant Mandawat, a clinical fellow at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. This is encouraging news for older people who are facing a heart condition or concern.

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