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Implanted devices detect high-risk heart failure patients

...lity of already weakened heart muscle. Second, the defibrillator "shocks" the heart back into normal rhythm whenever the heart beats irregularly. In addition to maintaining the heart, the devices also collect heartbeat-by-heartbeat data that can be downloaded from the device and entered into a computer. One use of...

Northwestern Memorial Hospital receives $10 million commitment to support preeminent heart program

...lure should be treated with an implantable cardiac defibrillator for the primary prevention of sudden death. This study, directed by cardiologist Alan Kadish, MD, medical director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute's Clinical Trials Unit, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Kadish and Wi...

15 minutes training enough to save lives with an automated external defibrillator

...raining could make it possible for anyone to use a defibrillator to stop sudden cardiac arrest. A study published t...s of the heart, which can be stopped by applying a defibrillator and delivering an electric shock within 1 minute of its onset. Automated external defibrillators are...

Women with arrhythmias may also benefit from an ICD

.... "None of these appeared to be a complication of defibrillator placement," he said. "It appears to be a statistical aberration; a matter of bad luck in a small number of patients." Although further study is warranted, women with this type of heart failure should be offered an ICD to prevent death from life-thre...

Cedars-Sinai October 2004 medical tipsheet

...rts estimate that every minute spent waiting for a defibrillator lowers the chance of survival by 10 percent, so the sooner it can be used after a cardiac arrest, the better. Last week, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved for the first time, the sale of an over-the-counter defibrillator. This is the fir...

New system would vastly improve heart defibrillation

...s have modeled a system where an implantable heart defibrillator focuses in on rogue electrical waves created durin...a role in how Efimov's model works. An implantable defibrillator functions like a computer, comprised mainly of a battery and large capacitor, and senses electrical ...

Surgery cuts cardiac arrests among those with rare heart disorder

...perienced near sudden death, doctors can implant a defibrillator that automatically detects a life-threatening hear...plantation of a defibrillator," Schwartz said. "A defibrillator could still be implanted in those who, after surgery, continue to have a prolonged QT interval or wh...

St. Jude Medical announces CRT patients showed improvement in the RHYTHM ICD study

...dical Epic HF model V-338 implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), which is used to treat heart failure patients who are also at risk of dangerously fast heart rhythms (ventricular tachyarrhythmias). The Epic HF ICD offers negative AV/PV hysteresis with search capability designed to ensure a high percentage ...

Implantable cardiac defibrillator use significantly lowers heart failure mortality

NEW ORLEANS -- The use of an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) can provide a significant reduction in morta...g conventional therapy plus an implantable cardiac defibrillator showed a statistically significant reduction in total mortality when compared to standard treatment ...

Study finds implanted defibrillator reduces heart failure deaths

An implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) significantly reduces deaths in heart failur...d that: In those with heart failure, implantable defibrillator therapy significantly reduced deaths, but amiodarone therapy did not. The benefit from...

St. Jude Medical announces PAVE and DINAMIT clinical trial results

...rall mortality benefit of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy in patients following a recent acute myocardial infarction (heart attack). PAVE is the first large-scale, prospectively randomized study to evaluate Biventricular (BV) pacing vs. standard Right Ventricular (RV)-only pacing in pa...

ACP and AAFP release joint clinical guidelines to manage common heart condition

...c death. The conversion is done with an electrical defibrillator that shocks the heart. The guidelines are the result of an 18-month collaboration between the two organizations to develop evidence-based recommendations on the best way to treat atrial fibrillation. ACP and AAFP have collaborated previously on a gui...

Public access defibrillator use increasing

...gency medical worker applies an automated external defibrillator (AED) to treat out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating normally and cannot pump blood to the rest of the body, causing death within minutes, unless the patient gets cardiopulmonary resuscitation (C...

Sudden cardiac death: New risk factor first identified in Illinois family by SLU cardiologist

...rs old and married, underwent surgery to implant a defibrillator on August 8. Her brother, Travis Hill, 25, who was...th the shortest QT interval in the family, had his defibrillator implanted on Aug. 13. Mary Hill, 55, a teacher at St. Peters and Paul School in Collinsville, Ill., ...

One use every seven years makes automated external defibrillators a good buy

...,000, you might wonder what types of places make a defibrillator purchase a "good buy." Researchers at the Univers...in various public locations. The team found that a defibrillator was a good investment if the specific location was expected to have at least one cardiac arrest ever...

St. Jude Medical announces publication of results of its ADOPT-A trial

...ding the new Epic(tm)+ DR implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and the Identity pacemaker families. Any statements made regarding St. Jude Medical's anticipated future product launches, regulatory approvals, revenues, earnings, market shares, and potential clinical success are forward-looking statements wh...

Fifteen football players died during 2002 season, none from heatstroke, study finds

...ouple of years ago that every school should have a defibrillator on hand at games and practices, but since the machines are expensive, more research is needed before we could say that ought to happen in all states." A Yale University faculty member began the yearly football death and injury survey in 1931. It mov...

Combined therapies benefit heart failure patients

... the benefits of a pacemaker and defibrillator improve the quality of life a... the combination cardioverter defibrillator and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices in conjunction with support...

Mayo Clinic researchers find useful test for identifying patients

...medical supervision and the patient is fitted with defibrillator pads just in case they have a cardiac episode. However, more than 100 of these epinephrine challenges have been conducted to date without any complications, Dr. Ackerman said. "This report should result in wide application of the epinephrine test to...

Triggers for sudden cardiac death differ by gender

...l cardiac arrest and had been given an implantable defibrillator to correct future episodes of chaotic heartbeats. The participants filled out a questionnaire that included detailed information about activities prior to their sudden cardiac arrests. They were also asked about psychological factors defined as ps...

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