Reuse of pacemakers is a good solution to make these devices more accessible in developing economies

In developing economies, there are patients in whom pacemaker implantation is delayed because they cannot afford one. Reused devices have been a solution. To address concerns about safety, a cohort of consecutive patients implanted with a reused pacemaker was compared with a control group. This research was conducted in the Department of Electrocardiology at the Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez (México), and counted with the collaboration of the Department of Cardiology at Hospital Clínic – IDIBAPS of Barcelona. The last authors of the article published in Circulation are Dr. Josep Brugada, Medical Director at the Hospital Clínic and team leader at IDIBAPS, and Dr. Pedro Iturralde, head of the Electrocardiology Department at the Mexican center.