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