Medicine: Wired for Living

Things looked bad for Michael Fairman, 78, when he entered Georgia's Glynn-Brunswick Memorial Hospital little more than a month ago. Within a few days he had a succession of heart seizures, and his condition got so bad that drugs helped only briefly. Last week Retired Businessman Fairman was at his son's home for New Year's, his heartbeat regular as clockwork. The remedy: Fairman's heart muscle had been wired directly to a tiny electric pacemaker, which he wore clipped to his belt.

Fairman is one of a small but growing group of U.S. heart patients who...

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