Second-hand pacemakers a possibility

Pacemakers and implantable defibrillators retrieved from deceased patients can be re-used in poorer countries where patients cannot afford new medical devices, a study suggests.

American researchers tested 27 pacemakers and implantable defibrillators removed post-mortem and found 30% had four or more years of battery life remaining, making them suitable for re-use.

While symptomatic bradycardia can easily be treated with a pacemaker, that option was not readily available to patients in low-