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

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

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