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Can a pacemaker be turned off or removed?

1 answer | Last updated: Apr 06, 2015
A fellow caregiver asked...

Can a pacemaker be switched off? Once fitted, can a pacemaker be removed?


Carolyn Strimike, N.P. and Margie Latrella, N.P. are cardiac nurse practitioners specializing in the prevention of heart disease and stroke. They have over 40...
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A fellow caregiver answered...

Yes, a pacemaker can be both switched off or removed. The procedure to switch off a pacemaker is quite simple and only involves placing a magnet on the skin over the pacemaker and programming the pacemaker to be "off."

Pacemakers can also be removed, but this of course is more of an invasive, surgical procedure as compared to turning it off.