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Study: Implantable Defibrillator Can Save Your Life

Tags: heart and vascular institute, heart damage, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, ICD, implantable heart devices

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.

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Implantable Defibrillators Shock Your Heart Into Normal Rhythm (Video)

Tags: abnormal heart beat, arrhythmia, heart and vascular institute, heart rhythm, heart rhythm whiteboard, heart video, ICD, video, Walid Saliba MD, whiteboard sessions

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.

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ICDs Best for Preventing Sudden Cardiac Death

Tags: ICD, sudden cardiac arrest, sudden cardiac death

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.

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ICD Security Risks: More Fiction Than Fact

Tags: defibrillator, Dick Cheney, Dr. Wilkoff, ICD, implantable heart devices

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.

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A Different Kind of Defibrillator

Tags: abnormal heart beat, arrhythmia, heart, heart disease, ICD, innovation, news

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.

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ICDs That Shock Less Are Better

Tags: abnormal heart beat, arrhythmia, heart disease, ICD, news, research

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.

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Note on Scary Device Warnings

Tags: abnormal heart beat, arrhythmia, defibrillator, ICD, implantable heart devices, news, pacemaker

Are implantable heart devices safe?

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Dos and Don’ts: Life with an ICD

Tags: abnormal heart beat, arrhythmia, ICD, pacemaker

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.

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CRT Study May Not Be Whole Story

Tags: abnormal heart beat, arrhythmia, heart failure, ICD, news, pacemaker

CRT implants pacemaker-like devices that align the rhythm of the right and left ventricles of a failing heart.

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CPR Marathon Saves Life, Spotlights Sudden Cardiac Death

Tags: abnormal heart beat, arrhythmia, CPR, ICD, sudden cardiac death

Sudden cardiac arrest is not a heart attack or myocardial infraction. It occurs when the electrical system to the heart suddenly produces a very irregular heart rhythm.