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Articles tagged ‘implantable cardioverter defibrillators’

June 26, 2015

Cardiac device wearers warned to keep distance from smartphones

Cardiac device wearers should keep a safe distance from smartphones to avoid unwanted painful shocks or pauses in function, according to research presented at EHRA Europace Cardiostim 2015, held recently in Milan, Italy.

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March 27, 2013

Arrhythmia Alliance welcomes new government strategy to prevent deaths from AF and sudden cardiac arrest

Arrhythmia Alliance has welcomed the focus on arrhythmias in the ‘Cardiovascular disease outcomes strategy’ from the Department of Health, particularly in terms of developing a register of automated external defibrillators, according to a recent statement.

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October 19, 2012

Novel blood test predicts ICD need in heart failure

A novel blood test can predict sudden death risk in heart failure patients, and could help to determine whether patients need a defibrillator implanted, according to a study1 presented recently at the ESC Congress 2012, held in Munich, Germany.

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September 27, 2012

ICD implants at risk during financial crisis

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) may be subject to excessive cuts during the ongoing financial crisis in Europe, European Society of Cardiology (ESC) leaders warned recently.

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August 24, 2012

Implantable defibrillators reduce cardiac arrests

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) account for one-third of the decrease in cardiac arrests caused by ventricular fibrillation (VF) in North-Holland, according to research published recently in Circulation.1

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December 1, 2011

Airport security scans – safe for rhythm devices?

The safety of security screening with hand-held metal detectors for people with pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) has been supported by research published recently in the Annals of Internal Medicine.1

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September 28, 2011

Inappropriate ICD shocks – challenges and advances

Over 30 years ago the first implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) was deployed in man. Since, millions of devices have been implanted worldwide and “innumerable lives have been saved”.1 There have been many challenges on the way and a number of significant limitations remain.

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September 28, 2011

The challenges of improving ICD therapy

Dr Jay Wright, Consultant Cardiologist, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, spoke to Arrhythmia Watch on the psychological difficulties for implantable device (ICD) patients. He emphasises the need for counselling patients, and telling them the risks as well as benefits of ICDs. Dr Wright also stresses the importance of preventing the various causes of inappropriate shocks, for example noise interference, calling for evidence from large scale studies, such as ‘PainFREE’, to prove whether the Protector™ devices and therapy range improves things…

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September 7, 2011


Dr Jay Wright, Consultant Cardiologist, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, spoke to Arrhythmia Watch on the benefits of cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) and remote monitoring technology. He assesses the benefits for patients’ quality of life and exercise capacity, as well as healthcare savings through reduced hospital admissions. Dr Wright also examines the CRT selection criteria of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), arguing that some patients with atrial fibrillation, judged ineligible, could benefit considerably.

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July 12, 2011


Cardiac rhythm management expert Professor John Morgan, Consultant Cardiologist, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust, spoke to Arrhythmia Watch on the benefits of remote monitoring technology in patients with pacemakers and ICDs. He assesses the monitoring system’s benefits for clinical efficiency and economy. The UK is in a leading position Europe-wide in remote monitoring technology use.

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