Pacemakers and Defibrillators Save Lives In Different Ways

If your heart isn’t beating at the right rate or rhythm, doctors have several options to help you. Pacemakers and defibrillators take over pacing your heartbeat when heart disease and other conditions play havoc with heart rhythms. Your heart signals Normally, electrical impulses generated in your heart stimulate the heart to contract. This moves blood … Read More

ICD Security Risks: More Fiction Than Fact

A recent Homeland television episode dramatized the fictitious assassination of the U.S. vice president. The diabolical method: hacking into the remote device that controlled the vice president’s implantable defibrillator. In a real-world parallel, former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney admitted in a television interview that his fear of assassination led him to ask his physician … Read More

Taking Warfarin Before Cardiac Device Surgery

Managing blood thinner medication before pacemaker or defibrillator surgery is a common challenge, but a new study confirms long-standing observations that uninterrupted warfarin treatment before device surgery is the best option. “Between 15 to 30% of patients undergoing pacemaker or defibrillator surgeries are on long-term oral anticoagulation (blood thinners),” says electrophysiologist Khaldoun Tarakji, MD, MPH. … Read More

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