I have asked several professionals the following questions but have never been told a direct answer.
If I fall and am not breathing will the performance of CPR injure me worse if I have a pacemaker? I know CPR is performed lower than the heart and implant area but how will CPR start the heart if a pacer is inserted? Will CPR affect the pacer and patient?
If the pacemaker stops will CPR actually start the heart back up long enough to get to the hospital to change the pacer battery or replace the pacemaker? I'm using the example of attendants/security rushing you through the metal detector before allowing you time to explain you have a pacer, should something happen.
Can the IED (?) be used on a patient with a pacemaker or does my daughter just call 911 and hope they make it on time? How is this related?