Pacemaker concerns

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Q. I'm getting a pacemaker to treat a slow heart rate and am wondering how it might affect my daily life. For instance, can I still exercise? Is it safe to go through airport security scanners and to have medical imaging tests?

A. Pacemakers are small, implanted electronic devices that monitor your heart's rhythm and, when necessary, generate a painless electrical impulse that triggers a heartbeat. The latest models not only help people stay active later in life, they're also more compatible with today's technology.

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