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Fish oil supplements may be harmful to patients with abnormal heart rhythms

... to January 2003. All the patients had implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) that protected them against these life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms by automatically detecting and treating VT and VF with pacing and/or shocks. In this randomized, double-blind trial, half the patients received a placebo,...

Fish oil does not lower risk of heart problems for patients with implantable defibrillators

...he study included 200 patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and a recent episode of sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF). Patients were randomly assigned to receive fish oil, 1.8 g/d, 72 percent omega-3 PUFAs, or placebo and were followed up for a median...

New insights into cost-effectiveness of implanted heart device

...eness of these potentially life-saving implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) is an important public health issue, the researchers said, since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) estimates that as many as 500,000 of its patients could be eligible to receive these expensive devices. The res...

Practice makes perfect when implanting cardioverter-defibrillator devices

...ve training pathway guidelines for implantation of cardioverter defibrillators and cardiac resynchronization devices, as referenced in the article," Dr. Curtis said. "Cardiologists need to be adequately trained to start doing procedures for which they did not train in fellowship. Some cardiologists in practice ma...

Study finds implantable defibrillators as effective in women as in men

...get as much survival benefit as men from implanted cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), devices designed to monitor the heart's pumping rhythm and shock it back to normal when needed, according to a study published in the December edition of the Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology. ICDs are designed to ...

Medication plus beta-blocker helps prevent shocks from implantable cardioverter defibrillator

...eventing shocks that can occur from an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, according to a study in the January 11 issue of JAMA. The implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) reduces death in patients at risk for sustained ventricular arrhythmia, primaril...

Early intervention with ICDs: Saving lives and money

...tly prolong life, say researchers. "The implanted cardioverter defibrillator has been shown to efficiently terminate life-threatening arrhythmias affecting patients born with genetic abnormalities in the electrical system of the heart," states Dr. Ilan Goldenberg of the Heart Research Follow-Up Program at the Un...

Cardiac devices during hospital stays linked to better outcomes

...rt. Some CRT devices are combined with implantable cardioverter defibrillators, which can deliver a shock to stop cardiac arrest. The CRT devices are about the size of a pocket watch, placed under the skin in the chest, and are attached by leads to deliver electrical pulses to both sides of the heart. Clinical tr...

Could a simple test save Medicare hundreds of millions?

...a stopped heart. Those devices, called implantable cardioverter defibrillators, or ICDs, have been shown to save lives that would otherwise have been lost to sudden cardiac death, which kills 300,000 Americans each year. One year ago, Medicare expanded its coverage of ICDs to include many more heart patients; an...

National ICD Registry becomes official database for Medicare

...w have access to better information on implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) today, as the national ICD R...gistry for Medicare patients receiving implantable cardioverter defibrillators is helping us meet our goals of increasing patient safety and ensuring the best care ...

Mayo Clinic researchers zero in on diagnosing sometimes fatal heart rhythm disorder

...lude medication or the placement of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator....

Heart Rhythm Society releases draft recommendations on pacemakers, ICDs on April 26

...licy recommendations for pacemaker and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) performance during a telebrief...licy recommendations for pacemaker and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) performance. Who: Telebriefing participants include: Anne B. Curtis, M.D., Pr...

Heart rhythm society issues draft recommendations on performance policies for pacemakers and ICDs

...erformance reporting of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). The draft guidelines offer detailed recommendations to physicians, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Congress about performance issues and advisories for implanted cardiac devices. The recommendations also provide hea...

Heart Rhythm Society holds town hall meeting

...licy recommendations for pacemaker and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) performance. Representatives from the Heart Rhythm Society, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), device manufacturers and patient advocacy organizations will participate in a series of panels to discuss the draft recommendation...

Studies determine patient risk from ICD replacement

...ns should weigh the risks of replacing implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) after recalls and advisories issued by device manufacturers against the theoretic risk of device failure, according to two studies presented today at HEART RHYTHM 2006, the Heart Rhythm Society's 27th Annual Scientific Sessions....

News briefs from Heart Rhythm 2006

...omen and minority patients who receive implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). Researchers found that women and minorities were sicker than white male patients who received a similar device. Compared to white men, women and minority patients stayed longer in intensive and cardiac care units, had more pre-...

Implantable defibrillators save lives but may increase heart failure risk

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death but may increase the risk of subsequent heart failure in patients who live longer, according to a study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. "Some patients ...

Consumption of fish oil does not appear to protect against abnormal heart rhythms

Patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator did not have a significantly lower r...bnormal heart rhythm) in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs; an electrical device that can correct an abnormal heart rhythm) yielded inconc...

New UF tool measures heart implant patients' anxiety

...sk Ed Burns, of Ocala, who received an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, five years ago. The uncertainty of when or if the device would fire made him wary of driving long distances. Before setting out on a road trip to California to visit family, Burns researched and made a list of every medical cen...

JAMA study provides clues to cause of sudden cardiac death in teens

...ing to the study authors. In addition, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), devices designed to correct arrhythmias, should be considered given that landmark studies have found that the devices can drastically reduce sudden death. "Between beta-blocker therapy, ICDs and preventive monitoring, we shou...

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