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Anadolu Kardiyol Derg. 2007 Jul;7 Suppl 1:216-8.

Pulse amplitude adjustment provides immediate pacemaker longevity gain.

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Institute for Heart Diseases, University Clinical Center, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.



Adjusting pacemaker pulse amplitude influences the longevity of the pacemaker. Our aim was to establish the initial longevity gain.


Forty randomly selected patients with implanted pacemakers were analyzed. Mean age was 65.58+/-13.7 years. All pacemakers were working on factory settings of pulse amplitude 3.5 V and pulse width of 0.4 ms for average of 3 years before the adjustment. Initial mean longevity was projected to 68.61+/-18.86 months, mean battery voltage 2.78 V, and mean battery current 14.21+/-2.61 microA.


Pulse amplitude threshold test was performed and average value of 0.632+/-0.22 V was obtained. Pulse amplitude was programmed to 2.5 V and pulse width was left unchanged. New readings of battery data were obtained. Battery voltage did not show immediate changes, and battery current decreased to 11.53+/-1.98 microA. New average longevity was projected to 81.03+/-19.82 months, which presents a 12.42 months of initial longevity gain with statistical significance at 95% confidence interval (p=0.003). Positive correlation was found between the new pulse amplitude and new values of battery current (p<0.01).


Pulse amplitude decrease of only 1 V provides significant initial longevity gain of more than a year. If found correlations would have any impact on further longevity gains over longer period of time is yet to be established.

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