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Pacemaker Check, Reality Check: Implanted Cardiac Rhythm Devices and Hacking

by James C. Perry, MD on Friday, Sep 22, 2017

There has been a small amount of coverage in the news cycles lately about the potential for pacemakers and defibrillators to be subject to hacking. Notably, in a 2012 episode of the Showtime series, “Homeland,” a Vice President character’s pacemaker was hacked and reprogrammed, causing his demise. This certainly resulted in some increased patient phone call volume in physician’s offices at the time, with people asking, “Can my pacemaker be hacked?”

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