Laser Lead Shedding OK for Over 80s

Anything that affects three million people is important. Like pacemakers. An estimated 3 million people have these heart-rhythm regulators implanted under their skin. The heart is hooked up to a pacemaker by two or three tiny wires called leads. The leads are inserted through veins in the chest and threaded to the heart. But the … Read More

Dos and Don’ts: Life with an ICD

Will my cell phone ruin my ICD? What about metal detectors at airports? Here Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Thomas J. Dresing, MD, addresses some of the common questions asked by patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs): How does my ICD help me? Your ICD (a small device, about the size of a pager, placed below the … Read More

What is the Difference Between a Pacemaker and a Defibrillator?

Last week we hosted a web chat on arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms) and devices.  During the chat, Dr. Wilkoff answered a question he often gets from patients:  What is the difference between a pacemaker and a defibrillator? See more questions and answers by cardiologists Dr. Wilkoff and Dr. Kanj at the Arrhythmias and Device Therapy web chat transcript.

CRT Study May Not Be Whole Story

Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) continues to generate controversy. CRT implants pacemaker-like devices that align the rhythm of the right and left ventricles of a failing heart. According to the Wall Street Journal, about 60,000 CRT devices are implanted in U.S. patients every year. But a new study published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests … Read More

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Which antiarrhythmic drugs are best?

A question and answer from our Atrial Fibrillation live chat. Dr. Bruce Lindsay, Dr. Marc Gillinov, and Dr. David Van Wagoner from the Cleveland Clinic and Mellanie True Hills, Founder and CEO of answered many great questions about atrial fibrillation, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. Question: In your estimation, which antiarrhythmic drugs are effective while having … Read More

Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines Relax – a Little

People who’ve been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) may wonder how fast or slow their heart should be beating. The American College of Cardiology Foundation, the American Heart Association, and the Heart Rhythm Society have come up with an answer. It is part of their recently updated guidelines for the treatment of atrial fibrillation … Read More

Atrial Fibrillation Live Web Chat Monday – 6/13

Dr. Bruce Lindsay, Dr. Marc Gillinov, and Dr. David Van Wagoner from the Cleveland Clinic and Mellanie True Hills, Founder and CEO of will answer your questions. The most common irregular heart rhythm disorder is called atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib) and involves the two upper chambers (atria) of the heart. Some people may … Read More

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Wearable CD as Good as Implantable

There are different kinds of cardioverter-defibrillators. Some are surgically implanted in the chest (ICDs). Some are sewn into garments and worn like vests. Some are strapped on like holsters.  All monitor heart rhythms and deliver an electric shock to disrupt potentially dangerous arrhythmias.  Wearable cardioverter-defibrillators (WCD) are used by patients who have a previous condition … Read More