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July 5, 1971

Pacemaker in 92-Year-Old Patient

JAMA. 1971;217(1):80. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190010062025

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To the Editor.—  In February 1971, we implanted a permanent cardiac pacemaker in a 92-year-old patient with heart block. She was allowed to return home on the ninth postoperative day. To this writing she has been up and about and has presented no unusual problems for someone her age.We feel this is a matter of general interest. We can find no documentation in the literature that a patient this age has had a permanent pacemaker implanted and returned to full activity. It is equally notable that even in a patient of very advanced years gratifying therapeutic results may be obtained.We know that many physicians have had similar results with the aging. We wish to share our experience with them.