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What are alternatives to a pacemaker?

There is currently no alternative to a pacemaker if you have a slowed heartbeat.
If your heartbeat goes too fast sometimes or your heart muscle is weakened, your doctor may consider an implantable cardioverter device (ICD) instead of a pacemaker.

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