You’ve probably seen a doctor on tv shock someone the minute they flatline, right? That may be how it’s done on TV, but not in real life. Learn more on this Moment of Science.
Pacemakers are electrical devices that monitor the heart rate and helps get it up to speed when it starts pumping too slowly. The small battery powered disk is inserted just beneath the skin above the heart. A couple of attached wires monitor the heart and carry signals and impulses to and from the heart.