Can I refuse to have a pacemaker fitted?

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I have been diagnosed with Bradycardia . Can I refuse a pacemaker here in the UK?

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    I'm I'm not sure because I'm from the US but I'm pretty sure you can refuse anything you don't want to do for my doctor. none of my business but why in the heck would you want to refuse that?

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    I'm from the U.S but I have a friend that is from England and the best of our knowledge as long as you are mentally fit and understand than yes you can. U.S is the same way.

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    That's you're choice. You do what you feel is best for you. I would encourage you to rethink about getting one. But again that's you're choice.

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    Yes you can refuse any treatment. They will want you to sign a declaration to that effect.

    Why do you not want one fitted? Do you have any pauses in your heart beat ? If you do eventually get one make sure that it is MRI conpatible in case you ever need a scan.

    If you click on Btadycardia on your post it will take to a medical link to it. Part of it says:

    Can bradycardia cause any complications? For most people, bradycardia will not cause any complications. Any complications will depend on the underlying cause of the slow heart rate.

    If severe bradycardia isn't treated, it can lead to serious problems. These may include sudden collapse, fits (seizures) or even death.

    What is the outcome?The outcome will depend on the underlying cause of bradycardia. If treatment is needed, the treatment is usually very effective and the outcome is very good.

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    Yep. Your Consultant will tell you all you need to know for you to consider. You will probably need to sign something to say you have decided, at this point in time, you feel you do not want to go ahead. Your body, your decision.

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    yes i believe you can , but if your low heart rate is causing symptoms why would you want to, pacemaker is a simple quick procedure , most people go home the same day 😦

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