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AHA: Bystander CPR Rates Rising, But Survival Chances Worse for Women

Posted 25 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) – More people are stepping in to help give CPR when someone's heart stops, and first responders are intervening at higher levels – but survival rates are higher for men who have cardiac arrests than for women, a recent study suggests. Based on data for 8,100 people in 16 North Carolina counties from 2010 to 2014, researchers measured the ...

Security Scanners Safe for Patients With Heart Devices: Study

Posted 28 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 – Those full-body scanners used for security checks in airports, train stations and some public buildings are safe for people with implanted heart pacemakers and defibrillators, a new study found. Nearly 4 million people worldwide have these types of devices, but it's been unclear whether their functioning is affected by body scanners, the study authors said. The scanners ...

Security Scanners Safe for Patients With Heart Devices: Study

Posted 28 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 – Those full-body scanners used for security checks in airports, train stations and some public buildings are safe for people with implanted heart pacemakers and defibrillators, a new study found. Nearly 4 million people worldwide have these types of devices, but it's been unclear whether their functioning is affected by body scanners, the study authors said. The scanners ...

No Sign Pot Smoking Will Trigger Irregular Heartbeat: Study

Posted 8 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 – If you have suffered a heart attack, getting high on pot won't harm your heart's regular rhythm, a new study suggests. Marijuana users who have suffered a heart attack had about the same risk as nonusers of a rapid and irregular rhythm in the lower chambers of the heart, known as the ventricles, the researchers found. "We found no difference in the two populations," said ...

Electric Cars Don't Jolt Implanted Heart Devices: Study

Posted 24 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 – People who have implanted devices to keep their hearts running smoothly can safely drive an electric car if they wish to do so, new research confirms. The study from Germany found that the technology used to power the cars won't interfere with pacemakers or implantable defibrillators. "Currently there are no data to suggest that restrictions for cardiac implantable ...

AHA: A Call for Deeper Understanding of AFib

Posted 16 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Much of what doctors and researchers know about treating atrial fibrillation is based simply on the yes-no question of whether a patient has the condition or not. But this all-too-common heart rhythm disorder is much more complicated than that – and a new scientific statement, published April 16 in the American Heart Association's journal ...

Coffee Safe for Many With Abnormal Heart Rhythms: Review

Posted 16 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – Caffeine can send the heart racing, but for some people coffee may help prevent abnormal heartbeats, Australian researchers report. Many doctors advise patients with abnormal heart rhythms ("arrhythmias") to avoid caffeine. But, for most heart patients, coffee and tea are safe and may sometimes reduce the frequency of arrhythmias, the researchers said. "Although coffee ...

Looking for Online Advice on Your Heart Device? Beware

Posted 8 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 7, 2018 – Folks using online message boards to learn more about their heart implant should take any advice they come across with a grain of salt. Researchers report it's as likely as not the guidance they find will be bogus. About half of the advice related to heart implants found on an anonymous online board was either erroneous, controversial or not specific enough for people ...

Smartwatch App Might Help Detect A-Fib

Posted 21 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 – Smartwatches already can help you track your heart rate. Someday they may also help detect a serious heart rhythm irregularity known as atrial fibrillation, new research suggests. "Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disturbance in the world," said study lead author Dr. Gregory Marcus. With atrial fibrillation, "the top chambers of the heart, called ...

Defibrillator-in-a-Vest May Help Heart Attack Survivors

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – A wearable heart defibrillator reduces the overall risk of early death for heart attack survivors, but not the risk of sudden cardiac death, a new study finds. The defibrillator – housed in a lightweight vest worn directly against the skin – continuously monitors the wearer's heart. It sounds an alarm and/or verbally announces the need for medical care if needed. If a ...

Could Hackers Target Heart Devices?

Posted 20 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – Your wireless heart implant suddenly goes on the fritz, either conking out completely or causing your heart to beat rapidly or irregularly. Could you be the victim of a hacking attack aimed at endangering your life by messing with your heart device? It happened on the "Homeland" TV series, when Islamic terrorists hacked the heart pacemaker of the vice president of the ...

Defibrillators May Not Help Kidney Patients With Bad Hearts

Posted 7 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 – People with chronic kidney disease often develop heart failure, leading to their having a heart defibrillator implanted to control an irregular heartbeat. But that's not without risk, a new study has found. The chances of being hospitalized for heart failure were 49 percent greater for kidney disease patients with an implanted defibrillator than for those who did not ...

MRIs Safe With Older Pacemakers, Study Finds

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 – Powerful magnetic fields created during an MRI scan were thought to play havoc with some pacemakers, but a new study says these scans are safe for people with the heart devices. Researchers tested the safety of MRIs on more than 1,500 people who had older pacemakers or implantable defibrillators – called legacy devices – that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ...

Male Triathletes May Be Harming Their Hearts

Posted 21 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 – Men who compete in triathlons could be putting their hearts at risk, a new study contends. The finding results from an examination of 55 male triathletes who averaged 44 years old, and 30 female triathletes, with an average age of 43. All participated in triathlons, which involve sequential endurance competitions of swimming, cycling and running. The researchers found ...

Motor On, Heart Patients: Electric Cars Don't Harm Cardiac Implants

Posted 14 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – Heart patients who've bought an all-electric Tesla need not worry that their car might interfere with their implanted defibrillator. That's the finding from a new study of 34 seniors who had the devices, which help guard against dangerous irregular heartbeats. The study "demonstrates the safety of the Tesla electric vehicle in patients with cardiac defibrillators and is ...

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