Pacemakers and defibrillators can save lives by regulating uncontrolled heartbeats. But each device operates in very different ways.
A new generation of miniaturized pacemakers can speed up slow hearts without the wires that may break or become infected.
Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) prevent sudden death when damaged hearts develop dangerous arrhythmias. They improve survival even if your heart has little damage, a new study confirms.
An implantable cardioverter defibrillator is an electronic device that constantly monitors your heart rhythm. This often life-saving device sends energy to the heart muscle when a very fast, abnormal rhythm is detected.
External defibrillators can restore a regular heartbeat even after a dangerous arrhythmia disrupts it. But few victims receive care in time. A new study confirms that internal devices can prevent these episodes from happening.
Former VP Dick Cheney’s revelation that fear of assassination prompted him to have his doctors disable the remote feature on his ICD device has raised questions about the security of ICDs.
The FDA approved a new defibrillator with leads that are fed under the skin rather than threaded through veins and into the heart. These leads are less likely to break and easier to remove.
It’s all in the programming. Patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) that are set to be more discerning before shocking the heart back into rhythm have better survival rates.
Your ICD (a small device, about the size of a pager, placed below the collarbone) continuously monitors your heart’s rhythm. If your heart beats too quickly, the ICD issues a lifesaving jot of electricity to restore the heart’s normal rhythm and prevent sudden cardiac death.