According to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 26,425 new or replacement pacemakers were inserted in 1997.
Your chances of actually needing a pacemaker depend on your age:
- For every 100,000 people between the ages of 65 and 74 years, 227 will need a pacemaker this year.
- When you get to the 75-84 year range, 586 of every 100,000 people will need a pacemaker.
- Between 75 and 84 years, 875 of every 100,000 people will have a pacemaker installed each year.
- But once you get past your 94th year, the likelihood that you'll need a pacemaker drops to 541 per 100,000 people.