(HealthDay News) -- If you have an irregular heartbeat, a pacemaker can help restore your heart to its natural rhythm and help the heart continue to pump blood to the rest of the body.
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But once the device is implanted, you shouldn't just "set it and forget it," experts say. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says these potential problems can affect a pacemaker:
- Interference with the pacemaker's electrical signal caused by other devices, such as cellphones, microwave ovens or high-tension electrical wiring.
- Broken or dislodged wires.
- Failing or weakened battery.
- Progression of heart disease.
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